Reliance on van Persie, Park life and Arshavin in the hole

In the last couple of days I’ve done a few pieces for other sites, so I thought I might as well do a quick round-up of them here.

PRE-MATCH:

Arsenal’s reliance on nine-and-a-half van Persie a potential problemfor Life’s a Pitch

“Arsenal’s reliance on their captain Robin van Persie has been well-documented recently, after his game-winning performances against the likes of Sunderland and Stoke City at the Emirates. The Gunners have been labelled a one-man team, although it’s not as if van Persie has been scoring goals on his own.”

Arsenal fans eager to see what Park will bringfor Sabotage Times

It is perhaps understandable that Arsenal’s new South Korean, Ju-Young Park, hasn’t played much. Some have been baffled by his lack of playing time, starting or coming off the bench, but really Arsene Wenger hasn’t had much opportunity to play his new signing. With the recent struggles his side have faced, it’s fair enough that the Frenchman is yet to throw his new recruit in at the deep end, with the exception of a 70 minute allowance against Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.”

POST-MATCH:

Arshavin gives Wenger food for thoughtfor Sabotage Times

“The campaign to get Arsene Wenger to deploy Andrey Arshavin as a central attacker behind the striker has long been raging. Even more so these days seeing as he’s struggling to rediscover his form for Arsenal upon joining the club on deadline day 2008. The fact that he sparked the Gunners into life against Bolton on Tuesday night with a goal and an assist will only increase the calls to see him play centrally more often as it was from that position which he made the game-winning contribution.”

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