Written by Mean Lean on Friday, 24 August 2007 04:22
Arsene has come out and has spoken of his preference of playing 4-4-2 over 4-4-1-1. This is very understandable as it leaves Van Persie very isolated. Another striker to make runs, hold the ball up and link up with will give Van Persie more options and more possession.
Togo striker Adebayor is back fit and raring to go and will probably go straight back into the team alongside Van Persie. They have worked well together so far. Adebayor has pace and power and pull defenders away from Van Persie who tends to float a bit more. The good thing about these two as a partnership is that Adebayor is right footed and Van Persie is left footed.
Eduardo is also left footed.
Eduardo Da Silva is a cross between Adebayor and Van Persie. He is a hard worker a sharp finisher, he doesn't stand still like Thierry Henry and Bendtner.
Eduardo would score tons and tons of goals playing alongside Dennis Bergkamp. He would get 5 through balls each game from Dennis, but this is irrelevant, Dennis has gone.
When Eduardo spins and runs off the opposition centre half will Van Persie spot him and give him the pass he wants? Or will Van Persie only be thinking of hitting it hard into the net?
Robin Van Persie and Thierry Henry were never a partnership and would never really have built up a proper partnership. They were both individual players who wanted to be the players dictating the play. Henry could not treat Van Persie like he did with Jose Reyes, because he knew Van Persie would not stand for it.
It is far far to early to know if Eduardo will be a great partner for Van Persie but Robin is not a half striker and he is not an out and out striker like Eduardo is so it will be interesting to see how they get on after playing 10 games together.
To be honest Van Persie and Eduardo may not have to set eachother up if Cesc, Hleb and Rosicky take on that role. Van Persie and Eduardo just need to play their part in keeping the ball and playing Arsene's football.
Adebayor would seem like a perfect foil for Eduardo as he is unselfish and decent in the air. After playing with Henry and Baptista, Adebayor will be surprised to see another striker with a high level of movement. But only Van Persie has the ability to win the game with that bit of magic that all big teams need.
Wenger will be introducing Eduardo from the bench so this will not be an instant issue but it will be interesting to see what partnership Arsene chooses in the bigger games in the middle of the season.