Wenger: My desire is to keep Van Persie at the club

| July 22, 2012 | 4 Comments

Despite the clear want-away status of the PFA Player of the Year Robin van Persie, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep the Dutchman at the Emirates.

As everyone is well aware, Van Persie released a public statement earlier this month stating his intentions to not extend his current contract with Arsenal.

Since then, a host of clubs have been linked with signing the Dutchman with the main suitors consisting of both the Manchester clubs and Italian side Juventus.

Wenger is quoted as saying on official Arsenal website Arsenal.com:

For me, Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the Club.

As for the rest I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal Football Club. That, at the moment, is where we are. There is not a lot more to say than that.

Robin was an exceptional leader last year, but we know how much we had to fight to come third because we missed out the start of the season. After seven games we had lost four and we have learned that for us it is vital for us to focus on the start of the season rather than on any transfers.

If the transfers happen, they happen. As long as you are at the Club you give your best for the Club and that is the only pride you can have as a football player and as a manager.

As long as you are somewhere you give your best every day for that club. If it changes, it changes. I am convinced that Robin is like that, he is completely focused every day on his job. He loves football, he loves the game and as long as he is here he will do that.

Whether Van Persie stays at Arsenal or not, it is imperative that Arsenal resolves his future as early as possible so that a re-occurrence of the start of last season is avoided.

It seems Arsenal have learnt their lesson from the last summer transfer window and are looking to resolve the situation as early as possible, leaving Van Persie out the upcoming pre-season tour of Asia with Vermaelen taking over as captain.

The focus for myself, as well as many Arsenal fans, is now on when the situation is to be resolved. The last thing we need is another drawn out transfer sage before the start of the season.

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  • madaki

    gud moni gunners, as 4 me i’m fade up about so much about rvp leaving d club, i think d best thing is 2 sell him 2 juventus n use d money 4 his replacement.

  • http://Arsenal Felix

    D best thing is 2 sell r v p

  • nicky

    Rarely do we have what we desire.
    Wenger is, quite rightly, talking up his player in order to ensure a fair transfer fee.
    The fact remains that Van Persie wants to leave and it is in Arsenal’s best interest to sell him asap.
    Let biddings commence.

  • Mohammed bashir

    Moh‘d Bashir; pls wenger and board lets be logical. Every season we loose influential players(fab, Nas,viera,henry,e.t.c,e.t.c and now worst of all van p)without effective replacement for them.Arsenal is becoming powerless like currency depriciates in its value. The lesser the value of your currency the poorer you are. Means no trophy and more heartbreak for arsenal fans.GUNNERS IN NIGREIA.