AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged Robin Van Persie to leave Arsenal and play abroad in order to win trophies and fulfil his talent.
Ibrahimovic was the star of the show as AC Milan destroyed Arsenal 4-0 in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League tie at the San Siro to all but seal the Gunners’ fate in Europe’s elite cup competition.
The defeat means that Arsene Wenger’s men must win the FA Cup if they are to end their seven year trophyless run.
Van Persie was a key part of the last time Arsenal bagged some silverware as he netted a penalty during the shootout with Manchester United in the 2005 final but since then the Dutch ace has failed to lift any silverware and Zlatan believes that ‘RVP’ must leave North London to become a ‘champion’.
“When you don’t win anything for years, people understand why you leave like Cesc Fabregas,” ‘Ibra’ told the Sun.
“Football is all about winning. If you don’t win you want to go. I don’t know Robin personally but I remember him from Holland and what a talent he was — now he is complete.”
Van Persie, now 28, only has one year left on his Gunners contract and with suitors aplenty, the big Swede has urged him to examine his options abroad.
“I don’t know what he is thinking but I know what I would do. I have made a lot of moves in my life — I take it as a challenge, an adventure.
“And I have won eight titles in eight years with different clubs in different countries. But if you stay in one place all your life it is easy to play football.
“You are at home, you are in the comfort zone. But if you move to five different places it is a real test. If you succeed that’s when you become a real champion, that’s when you get more respect,” he added.
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