Arsene Wenger has reiterated that Van Persie leaving is better for the team this season. Wenger has revealed the full extent of Arsenal’s dependency on the Dutch striker last season which saw his side constantly look to RVP for goals.
The Frenchman has admitted the fear of an injury to RVP last season dominated his team’s thoughts and affected morale. The number of players who have scored already this season greatly differs from last season with RVP massing 30 goals to his name. So far five different players have found the target during the club’s opening six league games – and Wenger believes that is the sign that they have moved on following Van Persie’s switch to Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying, “We have no choice but to have more goalscorers as we had one that scored so many. It’s good because when Van Persie was injured, the concern was not only that you can’t score goals any more, it’s the psychological consequences on the morale of the team.
I can’t help but agree. The whole point of a team is to eliminate the contribution made by one person whether it be good or bad. The spirit of relying on more than one player allows us to perform more consistently because the chance of us playing badly now doesn’t rely on a single person. A team with many goal scorers shows that the contribution made all players is relatively equal which in terms of a season is very important.
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