But following the sale of former star striker Emmanuel Adebayor, Van Persie revealed that Arsene refused to buy a replacement as he believed the Dutchman could fill the role.
While Van Persie has experiencing huge success as the main front-man, even he wasn’t convinced that he could do it after he first made the transition.
Van Persie is reported as saying by The Sun:
I never really thought that I would end up as a main striker.
I actually never played there before — I did it a couple of times at youth level but it was nothing really special.
We only tried it when Adebayor went.
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The boss didn’t buy someone else because he was convinced I could do it.
I wasn’t even convinced about it. I wasn’t so sure, because I didn’t really play there so much.
In pre-season, we had a game against Inter Milan.
I scored a good goal, played well and the boss told me after the game, ‘You see? It will work’.
That was the first step to being a main striker.
Sometimes, you just question yourself, if you’re good enough at it. Those answers came.
I have been for a while now convinced that I actually can play as a main striker. I just didn’t know, and now I believe.
Let’s see where it ends. Let’s see how far I can push myself, see where my maximum lies.
Even while Van Persie experienced much success at the end of last season, Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp seemed adamant that the Dutchman was better playing his old role in behind the striker. Although in saying this his 27 Premier League goals this season justifies his position up-front.
In any case we simply do not have the depth in the main strikers role to try it, particularly with Van Persie almost scoring at will and only Park and Chamakh to replace him. But if Podolski rumours are true there is the potential for Wenger to change-up the tactics up-front when needed where Van Persie could indeed play in behind Podolski.
What do you guys think? If we were to get a top-class striker like Podolski would it be beneficial to have Van Persie play in behind at times in order to share some of the goal scoring burden? Or should we just leave him up front at all times? Of course it all depends on the circumstances of the match, but still feel free to share your thoughts below!