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Newcastle legend Shearer: Arsenal must keep hold of Van Persie

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer regards Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie among the Premier League's greatest strikers.

Shearer wrote in a column for The Sun: "For them to even consider selling Van Persie would be unthinkable and I am sure Arsenal will be doing all they can to get him to sign an extended contract.

"There will be no shortage of takers if he does decide to leave because his reputation has soared so much in the last 12 months.

"A lot will depend on how Arsenal's season pans out.

"If they continue to progress up the Premier League, qualify for the Champions League again and go a long way in the European competition this term, then that will provide boss Wenger with some powerful ammunition to persuade his super striker to stay.

"If you look over the history of the Premier League, there have been some great strikers down the years - players like Andy Cole, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney... the list goes on.

"I would put Robin van Persie right up with the best.

"And by the end of the year, the record books will verify that claim."

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