Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has urged Arsene Wenger to embark on a spending spree to convince Robin van Persie his future remains at Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie is determined to leave the Gunners with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus pursuing a player valued at £20-30million. The recent signings of Germany striker Lukas Podolski and France forward Olivier Giroud have failed to persuade Van Persie that his ambitions can be realised in north London.

Winterburn, who made 440 appearances during 13 years at Arsenal, believes only a sustained recruitment drive will tempt the 28-year-old Holland marksman to stay. He told talkSPORT: "Arsenal have bought a couple of players and you can only hope they continue to strengthen throughout the summer."

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