Ljungberg: Star signings will convince RVP

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Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg believes Arsene Wenger needs to purchase tow or three top class players if the Frenchman wants Robin van Persie to stay.

The Swede, speaking ahead of his country’s clash with England in Euro 2012, feels the Dutchman would stay if the Gunners hierarchy decided to pay big money for a few top class players.

Van Persie’s contract runs out at the end of next season and there has been intense speculation over whether he will stay at the club or not, but Ljungberg think Arsenal fans need not worry if their club show significant ambition in the transfer market.

“I think there's nothing to advise Robin, I think it's more that you have to advise Arsenal,” he is quoted as saying on

"When Robin came to Arsenal we were a good team and we were winning trophies.

“I think that's what he wants to do, and I think that Arsenal maybe have to open their wallet a little bit and buy maybe two or three top, top players… not just players for the squad.

“I think that will win Robin over on whether he will stay or not, and as a fan I hope that's what he is going to do because I want to see Arsenal lift trophies again.”

Wenger has already secured the signing of Germany international Lukas Podolski for next season, while there are reports of a deal with Montpellier for Ligue 1 top scorer Olivier Giroud to be completed soon.

Van Persie is not the only Arsenal player who has unresolved contract issues; both Theo Walcott and Alex Song have deals that end next summer and have yet to come to an agreement over extensions.

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