Campbell says Arsenal must spend to keep van Persie

Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has put the reason for Robin van Persie’s decision not to sign a new contract with the Gunners at the lack of big name signings made by Arsene Wenger, telling the Daily Mirror that the club must spend £100m to convince the captain to stay.

Campbell added that he believes van Persie has become disillusioned with the lack of major transfers at the Emirates Stadium, claiming that the Netherlands international would have looked at the business Arsenal have done so far this summer and been left underwhelmed and unsure the club could improve on their performance last season.

The former England centre-back said: “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?

Arsenal have thus far made two forays into the transfer market, bringing in a pair of international strikers – Germany’s Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud of France. Campbell added that a change in manager would be unlikely to change the problems afflicting the club, insisting that it would take a transfer splurge to pull van Persie back to the club.

Campbell said: “If there are any Arsenal fans who are tempted to call for Wenger to step down, is a new manager going to get any more firepower in the transfer market? Unless someone produces £100m and Wenger brings some big signings to the club, I can’t see van Persie changing his mind. It’s irreversible.

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