Robin van Persie has emphasised the need for Arsenal to bring in more players regardless of the end result of the Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri transfer sagas.
The Dutchman joined Arsenal in 2004, soon after the Invincibles side had clinched the club’s last Premier League title.
Since then, the Gunners have won just one major trophy – the 2005 FA Cup – as Arsene Wenger has chosen to allow youngsters to develop rather than bring in big-money signings.
Meanwhile, rivals such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have invested heavily in their playing squads, and this summer has proved no different.
In order not to get left behind in the race for the league title before the season has even started, Van Persie has urged his manager to keep his chequebook open following the recent signing of Gervinho from Lille.
Indeed, he suggested that failure to introduce new blood into the team just to stand still and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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“New signings are more than welcome,” the Van Persie said.
“Every other team is buying quality players so hopefully we will do the same.
“I think [you need to keep bringing in players to keep up with other clubs]. If everyone is doing something you need to do it as well.”
“Manchester City are buying loads of good players, Liverpool are doing it now and Manchester United have been doing it for years.”
Wenger’s rebuilding job could be made all the more difficult if Fabregas joins Barcelona and Nasri signs for Manchester City, as has been predicted.
However, Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna revealed recently he remains hopeful that both players will be at the Emirates Stadium for the first home game of the new season against Liverpool on Saturday, 20th August.
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