Robin Van Persie has scored 56 goals as a lone striker in goal-drenched spell stretching back to the start of last season. It came with a price. Arsenal are now heavily relying on him to make the difference. As a sole striker he has given 150% of himself in each game. It has left him very tired and the team short of goals at the most crucial time of the season.
Robin Van Persie himself has said that he never really thought that he would end up as a main striker because he is more of a shadow striker or a “10 and a half” than a number 9. To the Dutch press he said that he needs to play next to a striker that will take a lot of pressure (physical and mental) off him.
For Arsenal’s next three crucial games Wenger should give Van Persie someone to link up with. A forward that will take on defenders and combine with RvP near the box. It will give Arsenal a fresh approach that is now badly needed.
Papiss Cissé has given Newcastle and Demba Ba a huge boost and although Arsenal can’t buy right now – it is important to give Van Persie a partner in a 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1 or 4-1-3-2 formation. It could be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Gervinho or maybe, Bergkamp forbid, one of 2 “natural strikers” in the squad Marouane Chamakh or Ju Young Park.
Let Van Persie channel his inner Bergkamp and Arsenal will hold off Newcastle’s and Tottenham’s challenge for 3rd spot.