Robin van Persie has revealed that he once recommended Arsenal sign Juventus legend Giorgio Chiellini while Arsene Wenger was in charge.
Retired Dutch forward Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal before controversially moving to Manchester United in 2012.
The Gunners began to wain at the back towards the end of Van Persie’s time at the Emirates Stadium.
And the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner says he recommended a signing to Wenger that is still fighting tooth and nail to this day.
“I played against him a few times and he is really a winner. You saw that a few weeks ago against the Dutch national team,” Van Persie said.
“He’s 36, but gives 9 elbows smiling. He keeps on smiling and doesn’t even get a yellow card. You need those kind of winners, killers, you need them.
“[That’s] My own experiences. We were very good at the front and scored a lot, but your keeper and your last line are the foundation of your team.”
Van Persie became captain at Arsenal at the start of the 2011/12 season, and he says that he tried to point out where things could be improved at the club, even suggesting players who should perhaps be dropped.
“At one point I felt called to indicate where things could be improved, to become champion with Arsenal,” Van Persie added.
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“At one point there was a player who did not look up at crucial moments and did not see who was free. I said, ‘I think it’s your job to take him on. Just gas it’.
“But that was my experience of what was happening on the field. That’s what we were talking about.”