Robin van Persie has been encouraged to turn his back on Arsenal by AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Gunners captain was helpless in the San Siro on Wednesday as his side were humbled 4-0 by Ibrahimovic's Milan, effectively ending their Champions League hopes for another year.

Their chances of qualifying for the tournament again rest largely on the shoulders of the 28-goal Holland international, who has almost single-handedly kept Arsenal afloat this season.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, though has told Van Persie that if he wants to win anything, he needs to leave London, just as Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas did last summer.

He told The Sun: "When you don't win anything for years, people understand why you leave like Cesc Fabregas.

"Football is all about winning. If you don't win you want to go. I don't know Robin personally but I remember him from Holland and what a talent he was - now he is complete.

"I don't know what he is thinking but I know what I would do.

"I have made a lot of moves in my life - I take it as a challenge, an adventure.

"And I have won eight titles in eight years with different clubs in different countries.

"But if you stay in one place all your life it is easy to play football.

"You are at home, you are in the comfort zone.

"But if you move to five different places it is a real test. If you succeed that's when you become a real champion, that's when you get more respect."