Arsenal boss Wenger wanted Man Utd target van Persie to leave Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he wanted Robin van Persie to move abroad, the Daily Mirror has reported. The revelation comes as the Gunners captain moves closer to a transfer to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Manchester United.

A £24m deal has been agreed between the clubs, with van Persie undergoing a medical late last night at a hospital in Manchester. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said yesterday he was confident van Persie would sign in at Old Trafford in time to play Everton in United’s first league fixture of the season on Monday evening.

Wenger, meanwhile, has said he hoped that if van Persie was to leave the Emirates Stadium, he would do so for a side playing outside the Premier League. As well as Manchester United and Manchester City, Serie A champions Juventus were in the hunt for the forward, while Wenger also suggested he would have been happy to see van Persie move to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

To strengthen an enemy is the other negative point of this loss,” Wenger said, adding: “We wanted to avoid it, but we couldn’t. Honestly, I’d rather sell him abroad, to Paris Saint-Germain for example.

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