'Fans will slaughter Van Persie if he leaves'

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2012, 18:16 PM IST

London: Former Arsenal hero Paul Merson has said captain Robin Van Persie that he would regret his decision to leave the Gunners, and warned him that if the club doesn’t sells him the fans aren’t going to spare him.

“Not many players leave Arsenal and don’t regret it. If they don’t sell him, the fans are going to slaughter him,” a daily quoted Merson, as saying.

Another former Gunners striker Alan Smith said: “Van Persie is 28 and, at that age, it’s all about winning medals. He thinks Arsenal can’t win trophies and you probably have to agree with him.”

Arsenal’s ex-midfielder Ray Parlour added: “Players move on quickly now. Arsenal has to get over it.”