Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that while he wants captain Robin van Persie to stay at the club, he will do whatever is in the best interests of the Gunners, the
Van Persie has been the subject of intensive interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus after turning down a new contract to stay at the Emirates Stadium. All three interest parties have had transfer offers rejected as reports claim the sums on the table were well short of Arsenal’s valuation of the Dutchman.
Wenger, speaking on the tour of Asia which van Persie is not part of, confirmed that his preference would be to see van Persie stay at Arsenal, but conceded that if that was not possible, the interests of the club would have to come first.
“Van Persie is a world-class striker. You know I am a big supporter of him,” Wenger said, adding: “Our desire is to keep van Persie. At the end of the day, we will do what is in the best interests of the club.”
The Telegraph surmises that the reference to Arsenal’s best interests, one heard frequently from the club throughout the van Persie saga, is a tacit acknowledgement that they may be forced to sell van Persie before the start of the new Premier League season.
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