Arsenal

RVP Replacement Talk Takes Another Depressing Twist

Olympiakos forward Kevin Mirallas is thought to be on Arsenal’s radar as the Premier League club look for options while waiting on Robin Van Persie’s protracted move away from the Emirates.

The Belgium striker is expected to command a fee of £6.4 million and is also on the radar of Liverpool and Russian side CSKA Moscow, who had a £5 million bid rejected earlier in the year. The 24-year-old enjoyed an impressive 2011-12 season, winning the top scorer award and player of the year award as he lead Olympiakos to the Greek title.

Comfortable as a striker or out wide Mirallas played for both Lille and St Ettienne in what was a fairly unspectacular time in France. A move to Greece in 2010 has proved fruitful, with the striker scoring 34 goals in 52 appearances.

Quick, direct and technically good Mirallas has all the attributes that Arsene Wenger looks for. Furthermore given his versatility across the front line he would slot into the current 4-3-3 formation with ease.

Given that the captain’s departure should be the catalyst that prompts Wenger to move for the Olympiakos player, he is understandably being lauded as Van Persie’s replacement. This is perhaps putting unfair pressure on Mirallas. Olivier Giroud and Lukas will have more expected of them when it comes to filling the hole left by RVP. That is not to say he wouldn’t play, but it is likely he would adopt the role of a squad player.

Until the Van Persie transfer is put to bed, we will not know how serious the Gunners pursuit of the 24-year-old really is. With the attacking options available it could be nothing more than paper talk. For all Mirallas’ talent and suitability, Wenger has a number of options in that position already at the club.

New signings Giroud and Podolski can be expected to occupy two of the front three starting roles, while Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, should he stay, could all feature in the third prong of the attack.

Wenger will also have Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner competing with Giroud for the centre forward’s role which does make you question whether his interest in Mirallas is genuine.

However, Bendtner and Theo Walcott have both been subject to rumours linking them with a move away from Arsenal. With Gervinho not showing the kind of form expected and Chamakh short of confidence, the manager maybe convinced to take a chance on Mirallas.

Given the number of attacking players at Wenger’s disposal he may choose to invest in other areas of the squad. But should he bid for Mirallas he looks to have the potential to be a success in the Premier League.

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