Parlour: Arsenal should cash in
Ray Parlour has told Arsenal to cash in on Robin van Persie, insisting Newcastle's Papiss Cisse would soon have Gunners fans forgetting about the Dutch striker.
Van Persie announced on Wednesday his intention to leave Arsenal, revealing he will not sign an extension to his contract, which has 12 months to run. The Netherlands international explained that he did not share the club's vision for the future, making him a potentially disruptive figure if he stays at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal must decide whether to retain Van Persie's services for one more year, or sell him for a cut-price bid, with Juventus already testing the waters with an £8 million approach. Parlour insists Arsene Wenger should sell quickly in order to avoid last summer's scenario, when Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left late in the window.
"What Arsenal have got to do now is try and get the best bidder," Parlour told talkSPORT. "£25 million or £30 million, get as much money as you can and then reinvest the money in the squad.
"The most important thing for Arsenal fans is to reinvest that money in the club. Not just put it in the bank like they did with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
"Let's go out and make a key signing like Papiss Cisse from Newcastle and suddenly people will forget about Robin van Persie."
Van Persie is tipped to join Manchester City, who will reportedly offer £200,000-per-week for a player who was named PFA Footballer of the Year last season.