The Swede experienced great success at Arsenal as part of the Invincibles team that went throught the Premier League unbeaten in the 2003/04 season.
But he was quick to point out that since then, Arsenal have had a rough time of it where the unfamiliar trend of losing top players and no longer winning trophies is likely to have dissuaded Van Persie into staying, a point raised by many Arsenal fans.
While Arsenal have already acted early this transfer window with the signing of German Lukas Podolski, no doubt Arsenal fans and most probably Van Persie would like to see players of the caliber of Yann M’Vila also come to the Emirates.
Ljungbuerg is quoted by Goal.com as saying at the McDonald’s UEFA EURO 2012 Player Escort event:
I think there’s nothing to advise Robin, I think it’s more that you have to advise Arsenal.
When Robin came to Arsenal we were a good team and we were winning trophies.
I think that’s what he wants to do, and I think that Arsenal maybe have to open their wallet a little bit and buy maybe two or three top, top players… not just players for the squad.
I think that will win Robin over on whether he will stay or not, and as a fan I hope that’s what he is going to do because I want to see Arsenal lift trophies again.
I know that when they built the new stadium, that took a toll on their economy and they couldn’t show their muscle so much in the transfer market, so yes I think they have to [spend more] now.
It’s about competition, and a big club in a healthy situation, as they are, need to not lose players and get players in.
That’s what we did in the past when we were at Highbury and I hope we can do it again.
In your head when a Nasri or Fabregas leave, maybe your two leading players, you don’t want to see that in a club like Arsenal, you want to know your best players are definitely staying.
If there’s somebody who doesn’t make the team, then they might be leaving, but not the top players. I want to get back to those ways.
And he believes that what Wenger has done with a young squad should be applauded and if money is available then experienced players should be brought in.
I would like to hear the owners talk openly. Because I’m not sure he gets the money that has been talked about in the media. If he is not able to get the money to buy players, Arsene has done wonders.
It’s amazing to do what he’s done with a young squad, so I don’t think that should fall on him at all when he’s criticised.
If we don’t know if the money is there, and the board hasn’t said anything, then he has done wonders.
But if the money will be there this summer I think it will be a good thing to get some players that will lead the young ones and who have actually won things before to be able to get that winning mentality back.
As well as Van Persie, Ljungberg has raised good points about the transparency of the financial situation at the Emirates. In recent seasons media have reported at Arsenal the financial situation is strong and have significant funds to spend in the transfer market, but Wenger never seems to do so.
Of course it is speculation and a number of other factors could be coming into play here (such as the wage structure), but it is still an interesting topic. What do you guys think of what Ljungberg has said? Personally I think the opinions raised are definitely on the money and a number you have already stated similar opinions in the past. In any case, feel free to leave a comment below or discuss Van Persie in the allArsenal.com Forums!