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Eduardo: Arsenal should not be a selling club

Arsenal should not be selling Robin van Persie and Alex Song but still have the quality to challenge for silverware this season, according to former Gunners striker Eduardo, reports BBC Sport. Van Persie and Song are the latest high-profile names to leave the club, whose last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup.

"It's a big mistake to sell them - they were the most important players last season," Eduardo, 29, told BBC Sport.

"But they have other quality players to stay as a big club at the top."

"Every player comes to Arsenal as a simple player and Arsenal make them into a big player," said Eduardo, who joined the Gunners from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 and was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

"But they can't keep everyone together to fight for titles. Every year it's similar - they lose players, buy players, make them class players and the next year they sell again. They are always in the same place."

"Van Persie and Song were the key players last season," Eduardo continued. "They held the team. When you lose two players like that, your chance of finishing in the top four is less.

"But Arsenal still have a good team and I'm confident they will do well. Last year when they lost Nasri and Fabregas, everyone thought they would not finish in the top four but they did.

"When the season finishes, we'll see if it was a mistake or not. It's very sad to lose two big players like that but we must respect the new players and believe they can keep Arsenal at the top."

Eduardo would like to return to the Premier League at some point and feels Arsenal are currently in need of a player with his attributes.

"It would be nice if they wanted me to join again, but it's not the kind of thing I'm thinking about.

"If I played for Arsenal now I could score some important goals from nothing - in games like Sunderland, when it's 0-0 and you score the only goal. My studying of the game is like that.

"I can give you a lot of important points. I think Arsenal are missing some players like that. You never know.

"When you've played in the Premier League, you sometimes miss the atmosphere in the stadiums and the playing style. I miss this and hope one day I will come back."

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