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Old 01-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #1681
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Arsenal made Theo Walcott their highest paid player?

Only thing I have to admit, they screwed up big time letting RvP go.
Arsenal were in a tough spot with Theo. Had Giroud or Podolski worked out a little better, they probably could have sold Theo and been ok. But as it is, they need striker depth, and while I still feel that he is better as a winger, he fills some of the needed depth at striker.

In regards to RvP, they didn't exactly "let him go". His contract was about to be up. He wanted out. If they had forced him to play out his contract, his effort would have been suspect and his attitude could have been a plague on the rest of the team. They made the decision to make good money off him while they could. For that, I can't blame them.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:03 PM   #1682
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The issue with RvP is that they could have signed him earlier. I also heard that Wenger lowballed him not sure if that's true or just rumor mill fodder but that he didn't offer him the compensation one of the best strikers in the world should be getting. I think it's just another example of Wenger thinking he's smarter than he actually is. Van Persie should have been one of the highest paid strikers in the world and Arsenal should have paid that price. He's worth every penny. Look at what he's been able to do going into a brand new Manchester United squad, and leads the premier league in scoring. Guy is the best striker in the world right now. If you dont' count Messi as a striker of course.

 
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:25 PM   #1683
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The issue with RvP is that they could have signed him earlier. I also heard that Wenger lowballed him not sure if that's true or just rumor mill fodder but that he didn't offer him the compensation one of the best strikers in the world should be getting. I think it's just another example of Wenger thinking he's smarter than he actually is. Van Persie should have been one of the highest paid strikers in the world and Arsenal should have paid that price. He's worth every penny. Look at what he's been able to do going into a brand new Manchester United squad, and leads the premier league in scoring. Guy is the best striker in the world right now. If you dont' count Messi as a striker of course.
I'm not trying to defend everything Wenger does, but before last season, Van Persie couldn't string together 5 games without an injury, and was more or less considered a marginal striker. He was given the captains armband because he was the longest tenured squad member. When he started having the breakout year, with Arsenal, they attempted to re-sign early in the season, and he held out. When the time came, he declined and said he wanted to move, no matter the money that was offered. It was widely reported that the base salary offered to him was more than what he is being paid by Utd.

In my opinion, Radamel Falcao is the best striker in the world.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #1684
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Falcoa is great. I would say that he, RvP and Ibrahimovich are all pretty close to each other and just have different skills. My personal favorite striker (for say FIFA purposes) is Edinson Cavani.

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #1686
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Montero - Shea - perhaps Agudelo. Are we really just the segundo league for the world? I can grudgingly understand Europe, but leaving MLS for Columbia? Insulting

 
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Montero's deal with the columbian team is just a loan deal. Still under contract with Seattle.
Its actually a smart business move. They've signed him to a lengthy extension, then loaned him out, in hopes that it will get him a spot on the national team, some exposure to Europe, and subsequently a big pay day to the sounders so they can sign some DPs.

I've heard they want to sign 1 or 2 DPs this spring.
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Montero's deal with the columbian team is just a loan deal. Still under contract with Seattle.
Its actually a smart business move. They've signed him to a lengthy extension, then loaned him out, in hopes that it will get him a spot on the national team, some exposure to Europe, and subsequently a big pay day to the sounders so they can sign some DPs.

I've heard they want to sign 1 or 2 DPs this spring.
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All over?
Yup. National team call-up (which can lead to more opportunities) is pretty much the only motivating factor.
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