One of the smartest things I've heard Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger say this season is that there is more variety to his side's game since the departure of captain Robin van Persie. Arsenal finished third in the Premier League under his leadership last season. Will variety help the Gunners finish higher than third next May.
The Netherlands international was sold to rivals Manchester United over the summer, which left a lot of Arsenal fans thinking their club would struggle this season.
Wenger said, "Sometimes an individual grows up and becomes the main charisma and carrier of the team and then people notice only him. Robin van Persie scored 30 goals and when you score 30 goals everyone gives you the ball. That's as simple as that. Our game at the moment is a little bit more diversified. We have a spirit, a desire to play together and the strength of depth."
Arsenal does have a lot of depth this season with Lukas Podolski, Gervinho, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla. Podolski and Cazorla are playing so cohesively you would think they've been teammates for years. The transfer market finally worked out for Wenger and Arsenal, it just seems like it never has in the past couple of seasons.
Robin van Persie, who is having a great season with United, did a lot of great things for the Gunners last season, but his exit has made the club stronger and the points that Van Persie racked up last season are all now being distributed equally between the newly acquired players.
Arsenal's record in the Premier League this season is the proof that letting Van Persie go may have been the best thing that could have happened to the club. Wenger had to be disappointed in losing his star striker, but sometimes when one door closes another opens and Van Persie gave Wenger time to go out and get some strong talent on the transfer market before he left.
Some players, I won't name any names, didn't give Wenger and Arsenal that luxury, they just bolted with no regard for the club that nurtured their talent. But what's loyalty when you can leave and get the big bucks.
Van Persie has unsurprisingly settled into his star role at United, he just has to share the ball with possibly the other best player in the league, Wayne Rooney.
David has been an Arsenal fan for nearly a decade.
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