By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Latest reports in the British media indicate that Arsenal have begun negotiations with rivals Manchester United in order to sanction a sale for the Dutch striker.
Redknapp, who was sacked by Tottenham over the summer, was asked for his opinions ahead of the new season and he believes that Arsenal cannot be considered as title contenders if they lose their talismanic captain in the coming days.
"I suppose City will be favourites and then Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham again," the 65-year-old told Sky Sports.
"Arsenal will be in for a tough season this year if they lose Van Persie, I think they've got it all to do and Tottenham could finish above them this year.
"[Sir Alex Ferguson] will want to win a trophy this year and they'll push Man City all the way.
"I think Liverpool will do better. People say there's a long rebuilding process going on at the club, but they'll be there. They've got fantastic players in my opinion - [Luis] Suarez, [Andy] Carroll, [Steven] Gerrard, [Jamie] Carragher, Glen Johnson, a great goalkeeper in Pepe Reina and some good central defenders. They should be pushing for the top four.
"If Alan [Pardew] gets [Newcastle] into the top five again, top six even, it will be a miracle. He'll do well if they finish seventh or eighth this year."
Amongst players, he picked Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea's Fernando Torres as two strikers likely to lead the goalscoring charts in the new season.
"I think players like Suarez will be up there, he's a good goalscorer and makes goals, he's a fantastic talent. I also think Torres will get his chance to play this year now that [Didier] Drogba has gone, he could be a big goalscorer.
"You've got to look at the teams that are going to be up at the top, that's where the goals are going to come from. Looking at Man City, players like Aguero should score more goals this year, as will Tevez if he stays."
The new Barclays Premier League season kicks off this weekend with Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham and Liverpool all in action on Saturday.