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Arsenal skipper Van Persie: Cesc, Nasri not bigger than club

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie feels they've handled the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.

Nasri left for Manchester City, while Cesc returned to Barcelona over the summer.

Van Persie told the Sunday Mirror: "Every big player who leaves Arsenal is a massive loss. But no player here is bigger than the club.

"Arsenal will always come first. You name them - Henry, Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp. People saw these stars shine and they thought: 'Is there life after Vieira, Pires or Bergkamp?'

"But look at what happens here. At Arsenal you ­always see young, fresh talent grow into the same role as those stars who have left. Other players have ­replaced them.

"Look at Walcott, Ramsey and Wilshere. The great thing about ­Arsenal is that at this club we give young players real opportunities to grow and develop.''

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