Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has insisted that the Gunners will do just fine even if Robin van Persie decides to leave the North London club.
The Dutch striker has been widely tipped to leave the Emirates this summer, with both Manchester clubs and Juventus eyeing last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner.
However, while Van Persie was a vital cog in Arsenal’s third place finish last term, former club hero Henry suggested that the club would be able to cope even without Van Persie, much like they did when he left for Barcelona in 2007.
“We hope he stays,” Henry told Sky Sports News. “I don’t know exactly what is happening but, as an Arsenal fan, I want him to stay.
“He is still an Arsenal player, and the boss has to deal with it. I just want Arsenal to do well. Robin will do what he will do and we’ll see. When I left, everybody cried… but everyone comes and goes.”
Henry, who returned to the Emirates on a two-month loan in January, said earlier in the week that he would be open to another short-term spell with the Premier League side, but when asked about key players for Arsene Wenger’s side in the coming season, chose the currently-injured Jack Wilshere.
“You want Jack Wilshere around,” he added. “He reminds me of when I first arrived when the old guard was there.
“He’s a good player – it’s as simple as that. What a shame that he stopped a bit, because he was on his way.”
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