Van Persie warns Arsenal won't survive another exodus
12 May 2009 05:55
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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has called on the club to keep hold of their top stars after another season of disappointment at The Emirates.
The last three summers have seen a mass exodus of star names as Thierry Henry, Ashley Cole, Robert Pires, Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb all moved on.
And now Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy have all been linked with moves away from the club after a fourth consecutive season without a trophy.
But van Persie has urged Arsene Wenger and the club's board to keep the current squad together and backed them to improve next season.
"The main thing for me is that we stay together," Van Persie said. "If we lose three or four every year it is hard to get the spirit in. Hopefully we can stay here and have a real go at it.
"If we can produce games like we did this year there is room for improvement - if you look at our midfield it is between 20 and 22."
And Wenger backed the Dutchman's calls for unity. "We have a team who is 22-years-old, why should we look for revolution?" Wenger told L'Equipe. "That would be stupid and not responsible.
"I still believe that when you have responsibilities, you have to make decisions and stand up for that. Until now we have not done too badly."
Wenger also insisted the team did not need a complete overhaul despite the disappointment's of this season.
"I do not think that the team need major investments."