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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