Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright says he "cannot blame" Robin van Persie for wanting to quit the club this summer.
Van Persie is out of contract at the end of next season and recently announced he does not plan to sign a new deal at Emirates Stadium, which is set to spark a big-money battle to secure his services this summer.
Clubs from across Europe are believed to be keen on signing the 28-year-old, with Manchester City, Juventus, and Manchester United widely seen as frontrunners in the race to sign the Netherlands international.
And Arsenal legend Wright admits he can understand the club captain's reasons to leave Emirates Stadium.
"In many respects, I cannot blame him for wanting to join a club who are winning trophies," Wright told The Sun.
"At least Van Persie is not the sort of player who would be unprofessional and cause problems within the group.
"For the last few years, Arsenal have lost at least one top player each summer and they have struggled to win anything as a result. In previous seasons, Manchester United and Chelsea were the successful teams the top players wanted to join - now, it is City."
And he added: "Arsenal need to address this problem of losing their best players. I admire their business plan about not spending what they haven’t got, but the club is getting left behind.
"Even if Van Persie does leave they have yet another problem as Theo Walcott finds himself in a similar contract situation with just one year left.
"For Wenger, the end of the transfer window cannot come soon enough."
AC Milan, Barcelona, and Real Madrid have also been linked with the Dutchman recently.