Is Robin Van Persie Better Than Torres And Rooney?


Arsenal's Dutch Striker Robin Van Persie

(Courtesy of hmakari)

Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie believes he’s finally getting to grips with his new role at the club following the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor last summer.

If last weekend’s North London derby is anything to go by, defences up and down the country, and across Europe, better beware. Two strikes from the Dutchman fell either side of a wonderful solo goal from Fabregas – which capped off a fine performance from Robin. It was his 6th and 7th league goals of the season, but what really caught the eye was his willingness to track back when necessary whilst still managing to throw a spanner in the Spurs defence when called upon.

Ledley King and Bassong were made to look pedestrian and alarmingly shaky, as the pair struggled to outmuscle and outthink the 26 year-old. The way in which Van Persie singlehandedly dealt with Spurs’ centre halves was more than worthy of a man-of-the-match accolade.

Many are now starting to talk of the Arsenal frontman as a reliable goalscorer – a la Torres and Dutch legend Marco Van Basten – capable of causing any defence havoc.

So, how good is he? Let’s compare.

Fernando Torres

  • Age: 25
  • 10 league goals
  • Shots/goals ratio: 0.29
  • Shots on target ratio: 0.71
  • Assists: 0

Didier Drogba

  • Age: 31
  • 9 league goals
  • Shots/goals ratio: 0.15
  • Shots on target ratio: 0.64
  • Assists: 8

Robin Van Persie

  • Age: 26
  • 7 league goals
  • Shots/goals ratio: 0.17
  • Shots on target ratio: 0.64
  • Assists: 6

Wayne Rooney

  • Age: 24
  • 7 league goals
  • Shots/goals ratio: 0.13
  • Shots on target ratio: 0.68
  • Assists: 0

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