Despite the speculation regarding Robin van Persie’s future, sparked by his statement earlier this month, Arsene Wenger says he wants the Dutch striker to remain at the club.
In his first full interview since the end of last season, the manager said, “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.”
Yet in typical Wenger fashion he did say more than that, somewhat opening the door to van Persie’s departure.
“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.
“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.”
With reported bids from Manchesters United and City, and Italian giants Juventus, along with van Persie’s rumoured refusal to go on tour, it’s hard to see how his future lies at Arsenal, but perhaps Wenger’s comments will remind us that this is all in the game, yo.