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Gunners' summer spending dependent on RVP stay

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Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie's future at the club is dependent on the club's summer transfer dealings, according to former defender Sol Campbell.

The Dutch striker's contract expires at the end of next season and fears are rife the club's top scorer will jump ship come the summer, in similar fashion to Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, who both departed with just a year left on their respective deals less than 12 months ago.

Ex-Gunners centre-back Campbell believes ambition in this summer's transfer market could prevent a similar situation occurring this time around.

“Van Persie’s had an unbelievable season,” Campbell told talkSPORT.

“Arsenal need a few more players who want to take on the challenge, who are going to say ‘I’m going to make the difference this season’.

“If they don’t buy players he’s going to go, I think he’s going to feel there’s a lack of ambition at the club. Arsenal need a few players who can make the difference, on the field and on the bench.”

If reports are to be believed prior to this summer, Arsenal are planning to be far shrewder in their business than during last summer, where their scatter-gun approach contributed to their early season problems.

The likes of Lukas Podolski, who has enjoyed a fruitful season with Cologne, and Yann M'Vila, a long-term target for the Gunners, have both been touted as potential summer arrivals.

Coupled with Arsenal's impressive form at the back end of the season, which has seen them win nine of their last ten in the league, the club will hope that they show the correct ambition for Van Persie to sign on.

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