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Robin van Persie asked Wenger to sign ‘killer’ Juventus defender for Arsenal

Robin van Persie has admitted that he asked Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to sign a “killer” Juventus defender.

The Dutchman spent eight seasons with the Gunners, scoring 132 goals in nearly 300 appearances.

His only silverware came in the forward’s first season with the FA Cup before moving to Manchester United and winning the 2012/13 Premier League title.

Van Persie captained Arsenal for the 2011/12 season – and revealed that he also took on the role of recruitment with a recommendation.

Speaking on the Effe Relativeren Podcast , the 37-year-old said: “At a given moment I felt called upon to say what Arsenal could do better in order to win the league.

"I felt we lacked a winning mentality, and asked Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini.”

The Italian centre-back has made more than 500 appearances for Juventus, grabbing 36 goals, as well as reaching a century for Italy.

It has seen the 36-year-old lift nine Serie A titles, showing a ruthlessness that grabbed the former Arsenal forward’s attention.

Van Persie added: “I have played against him a few times, and he is a genuine winner. You could see that when he played against Holland a few weeks ago.

"He is 36 year old, but he'll dish out nine elbows every game with a smile on his face. He'll keep smiling and never get a yellow card.

"You need those types of winners and killers in your side. I felt we should get him.

"I came up with suggestions and names on the basis of my own experience. We were very good up front, and scored lots of goals.

"But your goalkeeper and your defence are the basis of your team.

"To my mind ours were not at the level needed to truly compete for the title."

Van Persie spent three years at United, scoring 30 goals in his first season before making the move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

But the forward admitted that he asked Wenger if he could return to the north London side.

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