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  • on 06.02.2012
  • at 03:09 PM
  • by KT

Where would Arsenal be without RVP?

Ok, so it’s obvious that Arsenal are reliant on Robin Van Persie’s goals, that’s clear for all to see.

But just where would Arsenal be in the Premier League without the flying Dutchman?

With that burning question running around our heads there was only one thing for it.

So with that in mind we locked our statisticians in a room with just a pencil, paper and abacus for company until they had some concrete answers. And the results where… well, somewhat astonishing; far more eye-opening than we even anticipated…

We worked out that should the Gunners have had Fernando Torres playing up front as opposed to RVP, instead of the 40 points that they have racked up so far in the league, they would have been 14 points worse off, accumulating just 26 points and leaving them down in 14th – level on points with West Brom.

Arsenal’s season so far – WITH RVP

POS CLUB PLD PTS
1 Man City 24 57
2 Man Utd 24 54
3 Tottenham 23 49
4 Chelsea 24 45
5 Newcastle 24 42
6 *Arsenal 24 40
7 Liverpool 23 38
8 Sunderland 24 33
9 Norwich 24 32
10 Swansea 24 30
11 Everton 24 30
12 Stoke 24 30
13 Aston Villa 24 28
14 Fulham 24 27
15 West Brom 24 26
16 QPR 24 21
17 Wolves 24 21
18 Bolton 24 20
19 Blackburn 24 18
20 Wigan 24 16

 

Arsenal’s season so far – WITHOUT RVP (but with Torres instead!)

POS CLUB PLD PTS
1 Man City 24 57
2 Man Utd 24 54
3 Tottenham 23 49
4 Chelsea 24 46
5 Newcastle 24 42
6 Liverpool 23 38
7 Sunderland 24 36
8 Norwich 24 35
9 Everton 24 31
10 Stoke 24 31
11 Swansea 24 30
12 Aston Villa 24 29
13 Fulham 24 27
14 *Arsenal 24 26
15 West Brom 24 26
16 QPR 24 21
17 Wolves 24 21
18 Bolton 24 20
19 Blackburn 24 18
20 Wigan 24 16

 

And in case anyone is crazy enough to consider a bet on Arsenal to lift any silverware (either with or without Robin Van Persie!) then here are the latest odds on the various Arsenal betting specials…

Arsenal Odds (correct at 3pm, 6th February):

– to win the Premier League – 300/1 (Paddy Power)
– to win the FA Cup – 11/2 (Paddy Power)
– to win the Champions League – 25/1 (Victor Chandler)
– to win PL (without Man Utd and Chelsea) – 80/1 (bet365)
– to win PL (without Man Utd and Man City) – 12/1 (Paddy Power)

 

Disclaimer (for benefit of the abusers only).

Ok so before we get some Twitter abuse for our “bullshit assumptions”, here is how we took a tongue-in-cheek look at the above:

First off we chalked off all RVP’s goals and adjusted the points tally accordingly. Simples.

Then we factored back in the Spaniard’s tally of two goals thus far (averaging a goal every 9.5 appearances, as he has for Cheslea this season and assuming he played every game) to see how this impacted the points.

So there. Go and pick on someone else. We suggest aiming your abuse towards someone who would welcome it try Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) or perhaps even Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore).

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