Ruud To Arsenal?

A section of the football press is talking about a possible move for Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy from Read Madrid to Arsenal. And they say it makes perfect sense and could benefit both sides considerably.

Why? Well, the Gunners were going great guns until November 14 after which they have lost two games in the English Premier league – to Sunderland and to Chelsea. And while the second is understandable, the first one is not. Fabregas was on fire scoring as well as assisting and Robin Van Persie looked like he would finally get an extended run without injury, then just 15 minutes into a 0-0 draw with World Cup holders Italy, Van Persie was challenged by Giorgio Chiellini and went down clutching his ankle.

So now the Gunners need an out & out striker, a target man up front who will knock in the goals and rack up the points for Arsenal, as Van Persie will likely miss 4-5 months of the season due to the injury. Former Manchester United player Van Nistelrooy has played in the Premier League before, having scored 95 league goals in his 5 seasons at Old Trafford. He can operate as a loan striker as well as part of a pair and would flourish with the number of chances that Arsenal create.

Van Nistelrooy has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid after the arrival of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo and also finds himself behind Raul and Gonzalo Higuain. Thus with next year’s World Cup in mind Van Nistelrooy knows he needs to be playing if he is to go to South Africa. A move to Arsenal would benefit both parties, it just remains to be seen if a deal can be struck between both sides in order to resurrect Arsenal’s title hopes and Van Nistelrooy’s World Cup dreams.