Admittedly Arsenal have been relying on the Dutchman to score a bulk of their goals where he has scored 26 Premier League goals this season and 32 goals in all competitions.
It is reported that Manchester City are going to try lure the experienced Dutchman to the Etihad in a deal that is touted to be worth £220,000 a week and Parlour hopes that Arsenal will loosen the purse strings to keep him and also for Van Persie to pledge his allegiance.
Parlour said to Sportsmail on the possibility of Van Persie leaving:
It’s going to be a disaster if he does leave, it’s going to be a major blow. As much of a blow as Cesc Fabregas leaving.
To lose a vital player is going to affect you. Arsenal’s midfielders don’t score enough – the team relies on Van Persie.
On realizing Van Persie’s ability when he was younger:
You could always see it. I played with Dennis Bergkamp who was a fantastic player and I saw a bit of Dennis in Robin.
He had that rawness, he had that little bit of fight in him, which the Dutch players have; Dennis had that as well.
You could see the potential. He’s grown and grown as a player. His performances have been right up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
On showing his commitment to the club:
If he doesn’t sign a new contract, realistically, they will have to look at selling him as they can’t afford to lose that money next season.
City are interested in all the top players. They’ve got money to burn. But I’m hoping Robin will stay.
He has learned a lot from Arsenal Football Club. Dennis was similar – he never wanted to go anywhere else. I know he was winning more trophies then than Arsenal are now, but Dennis had an allegiance to Arsenal.
Hopefully Robin will be the same. Maybe they’ll have to break the wage structure to keep him.
I definitely would break it. I want him to have a statue outside like Thierry and Tony and people like that, because he deserves it if he does commit
to Arsenal Football Club. And I hope he does.’
On the possible signing of Podolski:
The best signing for Arsenal will be Van Persie’s, on a new contract. But Podolski, if there’s a deal done there, will be a big signing.
He’s experienced, he’s played in big games. But in an ideal world, you have Van Persie, and Podolski to play alongside him.
You can only agree with what the former Arsenal midfielder is saying. He is definitely right in saying our midfield does not score enough. But on the positive side it seems the resurgence of Rosicky has brought more creativity and zest to the midfield with his darting runs and ability to pick out a pass. Also Wilshere will be a welcome addition next season.
On the topic of Podolski, it would be great to see him play alongside the Dutchman and surely his signing would provide Van Persie more incentive to stay. With the likes of Chamakh and Park out back-up strikers, there is no question we need more depth in the striking position!