Arsene Wenger insists that he still wants to keep Robin van Persie at the club and says that new signings were designed to complement the Dutch man, not replace him.
The captain played in yesterday’s 4-0 win over FC Koln, despite the fact many anonymous, half-witted Twitter accounts insisted he was on his way to Manchester United for a medical, and Wenger says his desire to keep hold of him has not changed.
Speaking after the game, Wenger said, “There’s no news on van Persie. Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it.
“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best players. He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more.
“We have not bought the players to replace van Persie, but to strengthen our squad with the thinking van Persie will stay. That’s still my mind at the moment.”
Van Persie seemed to be on the receiving end of some muted boos from travelling Arsenal fans but after the summer we’ve had it’s hardly a surprise. What is interesting is that with the players now going off on international duty there doesn’t seem to be much chance of anything happening, one way or the other, before the season begins.
Arseblog News wouldn’t have put much money on van Persie being an Arsenal player at the start of the new campaign, but here we are. Although agent Kees Voss is working hard behind the scenes to make a move happen Arsenal’s reaction has been to keep quiet and bring in quality players like Podolski and Santi Cazorla, who stood out during yesterday’s game.
It’s always a difficult game, trying to keep players who don’t necessarily want to stay, but so far, and whatever happens in the end, it looks as if Arsenal have played their hand perfectly.