No doubt he's one of the best players in the premier league, and one of the best strikers in the world. In my opinion he now joins Rooney, Messi and Ronaldo in what I used to call the elite 3, now it's elite 4, which is great for English football. People seem to think RVP is new on the scene, he's not. He's been at Arsenal for years and years now, so why has he suddenly become a top guy? Well, in my opinion, because of how poor Arsenal have been this year (discounting the end), he's had to drop back. What does this mean? Well watch Rooney, he isn't a ST, he's a CF. He drops behind into midfield, gets the ball, plays some killer pass to the wing, sprints to the box, receives the ball and scores. Remind you of someone? Yep, you guessed it, Lionel Messi. He's not a ST. Ronaldo is the same. He starts at LW (left wing), but he picks up the ball, runs to the center (normally passed two players at least), passes to the guy in front or the guys on the wing and picks up the ball again in the box and scores. What separates these guys from every other CF though? Well, they can all score exceptional individual goals. Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney and RVP have all scored amazing world class goals in the last 2 years. Ronaldo's freekicks/long distant strikes, Messi's long runs resulting in goals, Rooney's overhead kick, RVP long strikes. Why am I telling you this? Well unless Arsenal invest a lot this year, RVP will still be with some average team who won't win a trophy. I'm sure he'll be leaving, unless his love for Arsenal is too strong (similar to Gerrard). If he leaves, he'll join Barca/Real or City, though I doubt he'd be at City as it'd break Arsenal fans' heart. Dolph rightfully asked "who replaces him?", well, he nailed it. I think with Podolski already coming, I still think they need one more striker who'll be #1, and that could be Pappis Cisse, he's got what, 12 goals in 11 games or something? It's his first season! Long thread is long I know, but let's use this thread to talk about RVP and him potentially leaving, and who could replace him, if anyone. But I seriously seriously think Arsenal won't be in the top 4 next season.