Robin van Persie has spoken publically about his desire to see new faces added to the Arsenal squad and made clear that competition for places will only make the Gunners stronger.
Speaking to the media in Kuala Lumpur the Dutch striker reflected openly about his manager entering the transfer window ahead of the new season.
“The way I feel now is that a few signings are more than welcome. Every other team is buying quality players, so hopefully we will do the same.
“You need investment to keep up. When you look around, you see Manchester City are buying loads of good players, Liverpool are doing it now and Manchester United have been doing it for years.
“In a way, you need to keep that up because if everyone is doing something you need to do it as well. I think it’s a good thing that we have competition because no one really wants to go to sleep.
“In an ideal world, no one (should be) really sure of his place (in the team). Maybe the captain and the goalkeeper but all the other players shouldn’t really know before that they will play. It’s always good to have competition and be on your toes.”
Reflecting on the fact that in the current climate it requires big money to make quality acquisitions, the 26-year-old stressed that financial sacrifices may need to be made if Arsenal are to remain competitive at the highest level.
“These days, proper players cost money. Sometimes you see players go for loads of money and you think, “Is he that good?” They are, most of the time, but sometimes there can be a statement for the others as well.
“The main thing is, it is not just a label, a multi-million pound signing. It’s about the quality. If you buy a player who has got one year left, normally he’s not going to be worth 40 or 50 million, he’ll be a bit less.”
With a great deal of speculation linking Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas with a move away from the Emirates, the Dutchman also took the time to ponder a potential future at the Emirates without the Spaniard.
“I think it will be hard [for me if he goes],” confessed the hitman.
“If I speak about my situation, he is the first one I look at if he is playing or not. We have a connection together, he knows exactly when to pass, when to make his decisions. In his mind, he is quicker than most other players and that is very special.
“For example, against Blackpool away [last season], he gave me four or five unbelievable passes in the first 18 minutes. I missed them but he gave them to me.
“He is a special player, he can see things quicker than others. He will be a miss for any team, that’s why I hope that he stays and we can play a bit longer together.”