Posted on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 by Taaza
The Dutch striker has been rumoured to be on Manchester City’s radar after his stunning performances for the Gunners this season. The 28-year-old has got one more year left on his current deal and it’s absolutely critical that Arsenal FC tie him down to a new long-term deal.
And Winterburn feels adding quality signings to the squad might help persuade Van Persie to stay put this summer.
He told talkSPORT’s ‘Extra Time’ show:
‘Arsenal have got to bring some stronger players into the football club with more quality, you hope, to help them out next season.
‘Podolski is the first one, there have got to be three or four more to come with that and maybe that might persuade van Persie to stay but I think it’s going to be a long summer, again, for Arsenal .’
Truth be told, I agree 100% with the 48 year-old former Gunner. Van Persie probably wants to see if we have a plan for the future, and the only way we can show this is by singing new world class or quality players.
The only slight problem is if we don’t manage to make the Champions League some of those quality players may be choose to join others – good example is Yann M’Vila, who recently turned down Inter Milan to reportedly join us in the summer – all because they won’t be involved in Europe’s elite club cup competition next season.
Quality players will definitely persuade him to stay, but qualifying for the Champions League will also play a huge part in his decision-making.
Other than Lukas Podolski, whose already been signed for around £10 million, I’m not to sure the others we seem to be in for will be too keen on not playing in the Champions League. As it stands right now, with our current form and results, we could well finish FIFTH! We’ve rode our luck on a number of occasions already, especially this weekend. Next time we may not be so lucky. We need to win in order to ensure our Champions League spot, this will enable us to bring in quality player thus persuade Captain Vantastic to commit his future.
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