Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has said it would be "wrong" for Robin van Persie to leave Emirates Stadium this summer.
Van Persie is out of contract at the end of next season and last week announced he does not plan to sign a new deal at the Emirates, which is set to spark a £25million battle to secure his services this summer.
But Keown finds it hard to understand why the Arsenal captain wants to leave the club.
Speaking to Goal.com, the 45-year-old said: "[Robin] van Persie is adored by the Arsenal fans, surely he’s not going to leave?
"After getting to where he wanted to get to - the captain of the club, the adulation he receives every time he goes out on the Arsenal pitch.
"I think it would be the wrong move for him to leave."
Another former Arsenal centre-back, Sol Campbell, last week said he believed Arsene Wenger would need to embark on a £100million spending spree in a bid to convince Van Persie to stay at the club.
He told the Daily Mirror: "I can understand why Van Persie has decided not to sign a new contract.
"When you go back to your club for pre-season, and you look around the changing room, you want to see top players around you and think, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do something this season. This is where it’s happening.’
"That’s what Van Persie is looking for. And maybe he’s had a look and thought, ‘Is this it?’
"Maybe it will be different in a couple of weeks, maybe there will be a cast of new faces to make him feel different.
"Players come and go. It’s a fact of life in football."
And he added: "Changing the manager isn’t going to make any difference. If there are any Arsenal fans who are tempted to call for Arsene Wenger to step down, is a new manager going to get any more firepower in the transfer market?
"Unless someone produces £100m and Wenger brings some big signings to the club, I can’t see Van Persie changing his mind.