Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has claimed Robin van Persie would be an "incredible addition" to the Premier League champions' squad.
City, rivals Manchester United, and Italian champions Juventus have all tabled bids for Van Persie in the past fortnight after he announced he had no plans to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium.
City manager Roberto Mancini admitted at the weekend that his side face a tough battle if they are to sign the 28-year-old this summer, although the Netherlands international remains high on his shopping list.
And Kompany has admitted he believes the Dutch forward is a great player.
"He’s a player who has improved so much," the 26-year-old told reporters.
"I started playing against him five or six years ago, but his performances last season were unbelievable.
"A player like this would be an incredible addition to any team that he joined, his movement is near perfection and the stats show his finishing.
"He has led by example at Arsenal so, yes, he is a great player."
Mancini had at the weekend admitted: "I don't know what will happen with Van Persie.
"Now he's an Arsenal player. They are a top team, even though they've lost some good players in the last year.
"For me they are one of the best teams in the world, so it's not easy for van Persie to leave a club like this."
"When you are talking about Manchester City, United and Juventus it's difficult for any player to choose between these three teams.
"But if we have a chance to take him, we will try. He is a top striker like the other strikers we have."
At time of writing, Manchester United are favourites with bookmakers Bet Victor to win the race to sign Van Persie this summer, ahead of Juve, and City.
AC Milan, Barcelona, and Real Madrid have also shown interest in Van Persie in recent weeks.