Saturday 20 January 2018

Van Persie urges Gunners to splash cash on 'quality' new signings

Jeremy Wilson

Robin van Persie has called on Arsenal to keep pace with their main rivals by making major signings this summer and says that winning a trophy is the minimum aim for the season.

Recent transfer windows have been dominated by the activity at Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, but, according to Van Persie, extra competition would be welcome at Arsenal.

The striker also outlined the importance of keeping Cesc Fabregas, a player he regarded as unique for his ability to spot and execute defence-splitting passes.

"He is the one I first look at to see if he is playing or not," Van Persie said. "We have a connection -- he knows exactly when to pass. He can see things quicker than others. He would be a miss for any team."

Van Persie welcomed the £10.6m signing of Gervinho but is hoping for further investment.

"A few signings are more than welcome," he said. "Every other team is buying quality players so hopefully we will do the same. You need investment to keep up because, when you look around, Man City are buying loads of good players, Liverpool are doing it now, Man U have been doing it for years.


"Everyone needs competition. In an ideal world no one is really sure of his place."

Asked if Arsenal should be willing to spend £25m on a player, Van Persie said: "Why not? These days proper players cost money."

With Samir Nasri in the final year of his contract and stalling on a new deal, Van Persie will soon be facing a major decision of his own. His contract expires in 2013 and he should enter negotiations with the club later this year.

"As a player, of course you look around, you speak with the manager, you speak maybe with someone from the board, and they give you a steer, a possible picture of where the club's going," he said.

Van Persie's expectations for next season are certainly clear. "The very least is to win something," he said. "It doesn't matter what it is.

"It's going to be hard but, after a couple of disappointments, it is time to win something now and hopefully we can achieve that."

In assessing what went wrong for Arsenal last season, Van Persie was drawn to the shattering 2-1 defeat against Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final.

"The frustration is the game against Birmingham," he said. "What happened was unbelievable. We need to move on as soon as possible; don't sit in the corner and cry.

"Maybe as a team, we can focus a bit more on the stage from February onwards." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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