London: Manchester City’s director of football Patrick Vieira has warned former boss Arsene Wenger that he could lose team captain Robin Van Persie due to his own fault, since the Gunners haven’t been able to persuade the Dutch star to sign a new contract.
City and various other influential European clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid are pursuing Van Persie.
Vieira warned Wenger that Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere would also leave if Arsenal failed to keep Van Persie.
“It is one of the things they should have closed a long time ago. It is difficult to understand. It’s really difficult to find players of the quality of Van Persie with one year left all around the world,” The Sun quoted Vieira, as saying.
“It is a big risk because they lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year. If they lose Van Persie, it will be a drama. With Samir and Cesc, you can say, OK, those two are gone but you know Jack Wilshere and Van Persie are still at the club,” he added.
“But if Robin leaves, that means next year it may be Theo Walcott, next year’s going to be Wilshere,” he said.
Vieira said Arsenal should show their ambition to high quality players like Van Persie by bringing in more players of the same quality into the team.
“What is important for Robin is he wants to win trophies. Arsenal have to show him he can do it with Arsenal,” Vieira said.
“The best way for them to get him to sign a contract is to bring players to the club who can show him the club are in the same line as him,” he added.