Robin Van Persie has been urged to stay at Arsenal by Dutch legend Marco van Basten.
The 28-year-old former Feyenoord starlet has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates at the end of the season, with the striker's contract in north London set to expire the following summer (2013).
However, Van Basten believes it would not be a smart move for the captain to leave the Gunners, suggesting the situation is not the same as when he left Ajax for AC Milan in 1987.
"Robin must not leave Arsenal. You can’t compare my situation at Ajax. The big difference is that Robin is already at a big club. Robin has been in London for six years [sic]. He can’t help it that Arsenal have won nothing in that time," Van Basten is reported as saying in The Sunday Mirror.
"So much has changed in those six years in the Premier League. Chelsea have become a big club and have massive financial resources. Manchester City have become a big force and are richer than any other club. Manchester United and Liverpool have American owners.
"The amount of money which is flowing to these clubs for transfers is unbelievable. Arsenal operate differently. I admire that."
Van Basten went on to suggest that the style of football on show at the Emirates - an 'amazing' stadium - makes them the best club to watch in England, and that 'RVP' belongs with Arsene Wenger in north London.
"And I still think Arsenal are the most beautiful club in England. At Man City and Chelsea, they will never have that class and style," he added.
"Arsenal have the most amazing stadium, they have a style of play, they have a beautiful shirt – in every way I consider Arsenal as the ultimate football club. It is the club where Robin belongs."
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