Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wenger needs RVP backing

Someone in the Arsenal squad needs to step up and back their in-form striker Robin Van Persie, after the Dutchman proved he can't do it alone every week following their draw with Fulham on Saturday.

The Holland international has been in the form of his career this season but he could not do enough to secure a victory at the Emirates on Saturday against the Cottagers.

Van Persie has singlehandedly turned Arsenal's season around, after they made one of the worst starts to a Premier League campaign for a number of years. People looking at the football betting should remember this.

But as Saturday proved, the striker needs his fellow front men with the likes of Gervinho and Theo Walcott to chip in with more goals to take the pressure off the skipper.

Arsenal have had a busy schedule in recent weeks and it does not get any easier, as they prepare to take on high flying Manchester City in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger put the draw against Fulham down to fatigue and the Frenchman is likely to rest a number of key players, with Van Persie probably included. Anyone placing a Carling Cup bet should bear this in mind.

Wenger said: "You could see many players were on the fringe, and that we had not completely digested the Champions League game on Wednesday night.

"We needed to dig deep, the circumstances in the game went against us because the moment when Fulham scored they were not crossing halfway a lot.”

It's guaranteed that City will pose far more attacking threats when they make the trip to the capital on Tuesday and it will be a test to fill the void left by Van Persie, if the striker is given his much needed rest for the Carling Cup clash.

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