Tuesday 24 October 2017

Arsene Wenger defiant about Robin van Persie’s wish to quit Arsenal

Tug-of-war: Robin van Persie is likely to leave Arsenal this summer Photo: Getty Images
Tug-of-war: Robin van Persie is likely to leave Arsenal this summer Photo: Getty Images
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Mikel Arteta smile during a press conference in Beijing

ARSENE Wenger has reiterated his desire for Robin van Persie to remain at Arsenal despite the bidding war taking place over the Holland striker.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are hoping to sign last season's top scorer in the Barclays Premier League, whose contract expires next summer.



But Wenger has remained defiant by declaring van Persie, who is valued around £20million, is staying in north London.



"There is nothing to elaborate. The options are clear - we want to keep our players," he told the club's official website arsenal.com.



"I would be happy for him to stay in the English Premier League - at Arsenal."



Wenger has promised more new recruits at Emirates Stadium after adding Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to his squad this summer.



Spain winger Santi Cazorla and France midfielder Yann M'Vila have been linked with moves to Arsenal.



"I won't talk a lot about transfers because it is a very fragile and secret subject," Wenger added.



"We bought Giroud and Podolski but we are not at the end of it - we will still bring players in."

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