Vieira believes Arsenal have left it too late to keep van Persie

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira believes Arsenal have allowed Robin van Persie’s contractual situation to rumble on for too long without resolution, and now face the prospect of losing their skipper, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The player, his agent, manager Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis met for talks this week, with the Mirror adding that the meeting did not bring the parties any closer on a new deal. Van Persie has a year left on his contract and Vieira, now working as an executive at newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City having ended his playing career at the Etihad Stadium, feels losing van Persie would be disastrous for his old club.

Vieira said: “I think losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year was a big shock for Arsenal – and if they lose Robin this year, it will be a trauma…I’m quite surprised they have waited until he has only a year left on his contract to talk to him.

Arsenal are reportedly offering van Persie £130,000 per week for a new three-year contract, but the Mirror warn Manchester City are willing to offer twice that amount while Serie A champions Juventus will go as high as £180,000 per week, but the Italian side fear they will miss out on van Persie, believing him to be already settled on his next move.

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