Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that it’s Arsenal’s desire to keep Robin van Persie this season, despite the striker receiving a chilly welcome from the club’s fans during their 4-0 win over Cologne on Sunday.
Van Persie, whose contract at the Emirates expires next summer, has been targeted by Manchester United, City and Juventus in recent months and Van Persie confirmed via a statement his wish to leave the London club this summer. However, it looks like only Manchester United are keen on the Dutch international after Man City and Juventus ruled out bids for the 29 year-old.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also reportedly missed his side’s pre-season friendly with Hannover on Saturday in order to step up his pursuit of Van Persie.
Wenger, though, says he has no intention of letting the £25 million-rated striker depart the club prior to the start of the upcoming campaign.
“There’s no news on Van Persie,” Wenger told The Sun. “Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it.
“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player. He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more.
“We have not bought the players to replace Van Persie, but to strengthen our squad with the thinking Van Persie will stay. That’s still my mind at the moment.”