Arsenal’s Van Persie could stay if top signings are made, says Campbell
Sol Campbell believes a number of world-class signings by Arsene Wenger could convince Robin van Persie to sign a new deal
Sol Campbell believes Arsene Wenger must make a series of world-class signings if the Arsenal manager wants captain Robin van Persie to sign a new deal at The Emirates.
The 28-year-old helped the Gunners finish ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in third place and secure Champions League football for another season after scoring 30 goals in 38 league appearances.
But the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year revealed in a statement earlier this week that he does not intend to sign a new contract at Arsenal, with just a year remaining on his current deal.
Juventus and Manchester City are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the Netherlands international and Campbell admits he understands Van Persie’s predicament.
“I can understand why Van Persie has decided not to sign a new contract,” the former England defender told the Daily Mirror.
“When you go back to your club for pre-season, and you look around the changing room, you want to see top players around you and think, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do something this season. This is where it’s happening’.
“That’s what van Persie is looking for. And maybe he’s had a look and thought, ‘Is this it?’
“Robin has seen the good times and been part of the good times and he wants more of it. Basically, his statement is shorthand for saying his patience has run out, and that he can’t wait for ever if he’s going to win major trophies in his career.
“From the outside, it looks as though he wants to go to a club who will start the season expecting to win things, not just to be in contention with a lot of ifs, buts, maybes and strings attached.”
“Maybe he could still sign a new contract if Arsenal rustle up £100m from somewhere and make a serious statement by signing three world-class players.”