While Arsenal have drawn a lot of criticism in recent weeks for being a ‘selling club’, one area where Arsene Wenger seems to have clearly learnt from his past mistakes is that he has been better prepared for the inevitable. The departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last season left the Gunners in a lurch, as was quite evident from their form at the start of the 2011-12 season.
In an effort to nullify that mistake, Wenger has moved quickly this summer to sign adequate replacements for Van Persie, and has done well to procure two quality internationals in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
While Podolski has been a proven international over the last decade, having been capped over 100 times for Germany, Giroud is the new man on the block (note not kid), and has just broken into the French international set-up.
With both men available for pre-season, they should fit seamlessly into Arsenal’s style of play and should hit the ground running at the start of the new season.
While neither men is likely to score 30 goals a season this year, together one can expect them to get a lot more than RVP + Chamakh, so Arsenal you’re going to do just fine.
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