Patrick Vieira slams former club Arsenal's handling of Robin Van Persie; warns club Walcott and Wilshere could also leave
Patrick Vieira has stuck the boot in on Arsenal's handling of want-away striker Robin Van Persie, calling their failure to secure the player on a new contract "difficult to understand".
The former Arsenal captain, now Football Development Executive at Manchester City, slammed his old club's inability to keep hold of their stars in an attack that could spark a bitter war of words between the two camps, with Van Persie a transfer target of the Premier League champs.
The Gunners legend also warned his former boss Arsene Wenger that Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere will leave if Arsenal fail to keep the Dutchman.
Van Persie has just one year left on his Emirates contract.
Vieira said: “It is one of the things they should have closed a long time ago. It is difficult to understand.
“It’s really difficult to find players of the quality of Van Persie with one year left all around the world. It is a big risk because they lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last year.
“If they lose Van Persie, it will be a drama. With Samir and Cesc, you can say, ‘OK, those two are gone but you know Jack Wilshere and Van Persie are still at the club’.
“But if Robin leaves that means next year it may be Theo Walcott, next year’s going to be Wilshere.”
Vieira, who will be an ITV pundit during Euro 2012, added: “What is important for Robin is he wants to win trophies. Arsenal have to show him he can do it with Arsenal.
“The best way for them to get him to sign a contract is to bring players to the club who can show him the club are in the same line as him.”