With two of the best Premier League strikers of recent times on the move this summer, how much of an impact will it have on their former sides and can Van Persie and Torres capitalise on their new opportunities and roles?
On the one hand we have Fernando Torres desperate to return to his form of old after an ageing Didier Drogba, coming to the twilight on his career, has moved on. On the other, we have Robin Van Persie bang in his prime. Arsene Wenger has taken a serious risk, and in my opinion a very silly one, by allowing Van Persie to go to Arsenal's biggest rivals Manchester UTD.
There's no doubting the scoring prowess of either player and with a certain Fernando Torres waiting in the wings for Chelsea, they have a ready made replacement for Drogba's goals. It's the total opposite for Arsenal with Van Persie scoring 30 of 74 Premier League goals for the Gunners last season, equating to a whopping 40.54% and only two of those penalty kicks according to the stats site I use. In short, Arsenal relied heavily on goals from their former star forward and Manchester UTD fans must be licking their lips at the prospect of the Dutchman being on the end of the multitude of chances they create.
Robin Van Persie began his career at Feyenoord where he scored fifteen goals in 61 appearances and has always been a proven goal scorer; His average strike rate for Arsenal and the Netherlands combined is slightly under one in two. He now moves on to Man UTD where he will likely interchange with Rooney and Hernandez/Welbeck in a 4-3-3 style and we could really see the best of him through his four year deal.
Robin Van Persie is best industry price at 10/1 with William Hill to be Premier League top scorer 2012/13 - Free £25 bet for new customers with Hills
As alluded to, we could now see the emergence of Fernando Torres at Chelsea off the back of a resurgence to form late last season and in Euro 2012. Di Matteo will adopt a counter attacking approach with Torres leading the line. The spaniard likes nothing more than to play this role with space in behind to run into and with the quality that will be supplying Torres I fully expect him to be up there in the goal scoring department this season. Torres is available at a best price of 10/1 to be the Premier League's Top Scorer.
Both players also represent great back to lay trading opportunities on Betfair as do Chelsea in the outright Premier League winners market at 6.60.
Advised Premier League Top Goal Scorer Tips
Tip #1: Robin Van Persie top scorer @ 10/1 with William Hill
Tip #2: Fernando Torres top scorer @ 10/1 (general)
Dutching both players at best prices will pay 5.50 or 9/2
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