Arsenal Angle – The Huntelaar Dilemma

The Huntelaar DilemmaHaving sold their prolific captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Arsenal have badly missed a genuine goal scorer. Although the signings of German star Podolski and Ligue 1 top scorer Giroud were very much high profile, still the duo have only managed to score combined 8 goals in the league this season.

Adding to the fans disappointment, van Persie has started his United career the way he left Arsenal. Currently the Dutchman has 11 league goals to his name already, scoring for fun while his former club surely needs someone who can fill the gap.

Reports suggest that Thierry Henry might return on short-term loan once more but Arsenal must sign another striker. Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar is linked with a move to Arsenal in January. Soccerisma looks at why Arsenal should avoid or sign the Dutch striker.

Why Avoid Huntelaar

Huntelaar might be a clinical finisher but the question fans normally ask about him is that what more can he offer. His goal scoring record for clubs and country is more than respectable but he hinders the team performance with almost near to zero input in the buildup. Furthermore, his work rate is negligible and rarely does he link up and support his teammates well.

Although Giroud has not hit top form but he has the talent and needs time to settle. For now, apart from his finishing, his command in air and the way he links up is quite impressive. For worst, Huntelaar’s introduction may eventually halt Giroud’s progress and confidence which in the long-run will influence Arsenal adversely.

Arsenal and Wenger are renowned for making business sense in every transfer. Huntelaar will come cheap in January as his contract will expire in the summer, still he is not young, at 29 his resale value will be very low. That is something Wenger is mostly concerned about and looks for younger alternatives.

Why Sign Huntelaar

Despite his lack of movement and team support, his goal scoring talent cannot be denied. The fear factor amongst defenders is there and his killer instinct makes him the perfect finisher. It will be a crime to say that he is better than Robin van Persie but Huntelaar has better stats even with Netherlands. Robin has scored 31 goals in 71 appearances whereas Huntelaar has netted 34 in just 59 appearances for Dutch side.

It is not that Arsenal haven’t created many chances this season, but the conversion rate has been poor. The front three of Podolski, Giroud and Walcott have been largely ineffective. Even in the presence of one of the league’s most creative midfield with Arteta, Wilshere and Cazorla, Gunners have been lacking goals. The fact that in last 4 premier league games, Arsenal have only scored a single goal from open play says it all. They need someone prolific enough to finish off the moves and Klaas Jan Huntelaar completely fits the bill.

Lastly, If not Huntelaar then who else? Arsene is not famous for splashing out high amount of cash that too in January; will he be willing to spend 20 odd million on a top quality striker? Even the gunner fans know that it is highly unlikely. Gunners cannot afford to lose out on the champions league place and for that they need a permanent quality striker in January. Whether it will be Huntelaar or not, only time will tell.

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5 Responses to Arsenal Angle – The Huntelaar Dilemma

  1. Huntsman says:

    Brilliant for Ajax Schalke
    Okay for Madrid Milan
    English league one of the hardest, mind says he wont work, heart says he will

    • alan b'stard M P says:

      English league used to be the hardest, but it’s been watered down with all these foreigners. We need Ba or EPL experienced bloke, Huntelaar has an advantage he won’t be needed for ACoN foe obvious reasons

      Good English defenders would be good too

  2. Rawim says:

    Better than Giroud, 5 million is a steal, even Rvp is 29 and firing

  3. Stanislaus says:

    Signing HUNTELEAR will be a dream come true for Arsenal fans but I’ll seriously reconsider it now that we can get Demba Ba on a platter of gold

  4. Awoniyi Benjamin Abayomi says:

    What Arsenal need for now is a fox in and around d box.Let Wilshere,Carzola and Artete do all d build up play they want.Goals win matches not build up play.And who says he is too old.how old is Rvp.Bring him on AW.At 4million,he is a steal.