I’d like to be pleased and he has has a couple of influential seasons but really his achievement is never leaving when he threatened to and never being sold. Same story with Rooney.
I also hate the “not a forward” argument because to me he’s been a forward since we stopped playing 442 7 years ago or whenever it was. He took the Bergkamp/RvP role of second forward once we shifted to playing Fabregas/Rosicky/Cazorla/Ozil where the second forward used to be. It’s always been his job to score goals which is probably why he’s been in the team over the years even when he’s out of form. You can certainly tell he’s a forward by how angry he gets when he’s not given the ball in space near the box .
I like to think otherwise but maybe I’m just biased. I’ve never rated him as much more than an above average off the ball runner and finisher but others have so maybe I’m just wrong about this one.