Life goes on at Arsenal without Van Persie

The summer’s biggest transfer saga is in the past now, Arsenal fans have accepted the reality that Robin Van Persie has headed north and joined premier league rivals Manchester United.

Arsenal fans knew that they would be losing the 30 goals that the Dutchman scored last season, but hoped the reinforcements brought in the summer might lessen the blow.

It might well be only two games into the new season, but new strikers Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud have yet to get fans off of their seats, as the club have failed to hit the back of the net so far.

Manchester United fans have seen an immediate pay back for the £24 million they splashed out on Van Persie, and within half an hour of his Old Trafford debut he showed United fans what he is capable of as he scored a screamer from the edge of the box.

Comparing the two sides makes dark viewing for Arsenal fans. Van Persie started for the first time for United, leaving a wealth of experience on the bench including Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and Danny Wellbeck. Four top strikers with Premier League experience and goals completely over shadows what Arsenal have on offer.

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is still in the transfer market, and this surely means on the look-out for attacking options. If not new boys Podolski and Giroud with the help of Gervinho, Theo Walcott and youngster Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will have to do their best.

To say Arsenal do not have a prolific striker within their ranks is almost uncomfortable to say, past generations of Arsenal fans have been blessed with teams showing off the likes of Robin Van Persie, Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, goals were always expected.

This season there is a panic within the Arsenal supporters as who is going to bang in their goals. Van Persie’s goals last season helped cement a third place finish and qualification to the Champions League, without his goals they may not have finished in the top four, something Gunner fans may have to brace for once again this season.

While Giroud was named top scorer in France last season with the 21 goals he scored for French champions Montpellier, he is still an unknown quantity within the Premier League. This is something that Arsenal fans have seen before with the signing of Marouane Chamakh who has only scored 8 times in over forty appearances for The Gunners.

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