Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Arsenal may need to sell Robin Van Persie in the January transfer window, unless they want to make the striker the highest paid player in the history of the north London club.
Van Persie has been a star for the Gunners so far this season, but his contract at the club runs out in under two years. Redknapp believes that in order for Arsene Wenger to avoid another Samir Nasri situation, he needs to make a decision over Van Persie’s future now.
"After being forced to sell Samir Nasri and losing Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal's board must decide if they want to make Van Persie the highest-paid player in their history, or sell up when he is at the peak of his powers,” Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Wait until the summer and his value will decrease because his contract will be running down - or sell THIS January for maximum price? That is the power of the Bosman rule, where players hold all the aces.
"Arsenal have suffered from a number of will-he, won't-he transfer sagas over the years and the chance of Van Persie, 28, ending his career at Arsenal must be unlikely, especially if they are unable to compete for the big trophies.
"At his age, this is the biggest contract of his life and Arsenal fans, who have had to become used to their star names leaving the club in recent times, will know this is a pivotal moment. I hope he stays.
"The leading English clubs, such as Manchester United and Manchester City, will be licking their lips at the prospect of causing more trouble for Arsenal.
"He would be worth around £30million this January and, because of the way he plays the game with that sweet left foot, would fit in at both clubs."