Arsenal legend Tony Adams fears Jack Wilshere will leave the club should The Gunners' seven-year trophy drought not be broken this season.
Wilshere returned from 16 months out injured against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, producing an energetic display to improve spirits at The Emirates Stadium.
But without silverware for seven years and with a host of influential players having left for pastures new, including previous club captains Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, Adams feels Wilshere could go the same way should Arsenal not end their trophy drought.
"This game is all about players," he told talkSPORT. "If you keep selling your best ones then you're not going to win anything. Most of the teams that win things at the end of the season will have the best players, that sums it up."
"They shouldn't have sold Robin van Persie because you need to keep hold of your best players. They made a mistake there, they should have wrapped Robin's contract up earlier.
"It's not about finance, they are going to miss Robin's goals. If you then drop out of the top four then the money [they would have spent on van Persie] would have paid for itself.
"I can see the fans are frustrated, however I do agree with Arsenal's principles. No one player is bigger than the club.
"They need a structure and a formation but they need to do a little bit of work towards it. If Jack Wilshere plays well are they going to lose him? Arsenal need to start winning things."
During the club's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, manager Arsene Wenger claimed that having qualified for the Champions League in 15 consecutive seasons, that each of the successes represented a trophy in the modern day.
The statement sparked anger among attending Arsenal fans, who have grown frustrated that the club's flawless financial results have not been matched by success on the field.
The sales of Fabregas, Van Persie, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in recent years, while their rivals have been spending big in an attempt to achieve success domestically and in Europe, has been another source of disappointment for supporters in north London.