Arsenal legend fears Van Persie exit

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Despite Arsene Wenger spending an uncharacteristic £50 million during the summer transfer window, Frank McLintock is particularly underwhelmed by the business of the Arsenal boss.

Wenger added nine players to his ranks - including Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta - but McLintock does not feel the Frenchman has done enough to allay fears of supporters that Arsenal are a club on the decline.

And, says McLintock, the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri could eventually be followed by skipper Robin Van Persie - despite a late flurry of transfer activity.

"When players realise that Arsenal aren’t going to go and buy players, real big superstars, they want to move," the Gunners legend told talkSPORT.

“If it doesn’t work out in the first few months this year you can bet your boots [Robin] Van Persie will be the next one who wants to move.

McLintock really is pessimistic about the outcome of the season, with Arsenal having been on the end of a footballing lesson from Manchester United last weekend.


And the Scot believes that Arsenal fans will not stand for another campaign without success for much longer.

“I think it’s going to be really, really tough this year for Arsenal," he added.

"I don’t think Arsenal fans are going to be too kind this season as they’ve been for the last four or five seasons.

“I think they’ve just got a little bit fed up with all the promises and everything else that has been going on at Arsenal for the past six years and because of the expense of going to the club.”

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