Tony Adams has slammed Arsenal’s recent dealings in the transfer market – insisting the Gunners must start to keep hold of their top stars.
And Adams, who won the league championship four times with the north London side, claims Arsenal must stop selling their top names.
“This game is all about players,” he told Keys and Gray. “If you keep selling your best ones then you’re not going to win anything. Most of the teams that win things at the end of the season will have the best players, that sums it up.”
Contract rebel Theo Walcott could become the latest name to leave the club after failing to agree a new deal at the Emirates.
Van Persie was in a similar position before his shock move to Manchester United, and Adams claims this lack of forethought has cost the Gunners dear.
“I never got into the last year of my contract when I was at the club. David Dein, and the people who were running the club, always made sure I had two or three years to run [on my deal].
“They shouldn’t have sold Robin van Persie because you need to keep hold of your best players. They made a mistake there, they should have wrapped Robin's contract up earlier.
"It’s not about finance, they are going to miss Robin’s goals. If you then drop out of the top four then the money [they would have spent on van Persie] would have paid for itself.
“I can see the fans are frustrated, however I do agree with Arsenal’s principles. No one player is bigger than the club.
"They need a structure and a formation but they need to do a little bit of work towards it. If Jack Wilshere plays well are they going to lose him? Arsenal need to start winning things.”