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Wenger: I will NEVER sell Van Persie to City

In the Saturday edition of the Daily Mirror Arsene Wenger is quoted as saying he will never sell Robin van Persie, or any other player, to Manchester City.

“We will not lose anybody to Manchester City,” said Wenger, who insisted he is confident his skipper will stay but has been left scarred scarred by City spending £71million to prise top talents out of the Emirates in the last three summers.

Gunners stars Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor have all been lured to the blue side of Manchester.

Wenger said: “We want to keep Robin van Persie, we will do everything possible to extend his contract, that is clear, and apart from that, I can only let people talk.

“Look, our desire is clean and clear. What he wants to do, we will speak at the end of the season.”

Wenger even admitted that he would rather see Van Persie run down his contract and leave for free in 2013 than sell him this summer.

“Of course,” said the Frenchman, “Robin is the leader of our club.”

The last quote is really interested because if RVP does not sign a new deal, and someone comes in with an offer of £20million+, would the Arsenal board be able to turn down that cash windfall?

6 comments… add one

  • Ron March 10, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I agree with Wenger entirely. This Robert Mancini is only bent on weakening asernal and we should not allow. what kind of a coach is he who cannot groome his own players. let him get lost man….gooner for life

  • JJ Pittman March 12, 2012, 10:46 am

    No reason we cannot sign RvP to a long-term contract soon after last home game. As to Man$ity taking our players: Na$ry wanted to be the man, but never stepped up after Cesc went down, Adebeyor was not going to be signed by us under any circumstances, Clichy was being beaten by good right wingers and putting poor crosses nowhere near the box. Toure could have been kept, maybe.
    We must sign RvP because he is a proper captain and true leader. We do have the money and must show the will. Otherwise, we will truly be only a development club.
    Victoria Concordia Crescit!

  • Mustapha Ibrahim March 15, 2012, 6:48 am

    Hope Arsene Wenger and Arsenal could hold on to Van Persie. They should make sure that he signed a new contract. he is our best player at the moment.

  • tuyisenge herbert March 16, 2012, 9:15 am

    arsenal is mi best team so please never sell van persie instead sell djourou

  • Olatunji March 17, 2012, 6:34 am

    Robin is the hottest striker in d world @ d moment but dat notwithstandin, i’ll stil support Arsenal to sell him in d summer rather dan to loose him 4 nothin in 2013. Honestly, it’ll be understandable if he leaves in d summer in search of major trophies cuz a player of his statuz deserves dat and it wont be good enough when his football career ends in few yrs time n he does have any winners medals to show to his children and grand-chidren as once a world-class player. Unless Arsenal shows signs of seriousness and ambition, am a never-say-die Gunner but i firmly support RVP to leave. It’s juz left 4 d club to find a perfect replacement 4 our fantastic captain. UP ARSENAL!

  • Olatunji March 17, 2012, 6:40 am

    Robin is the hottest striker in d world @ d moment but dat notwithstandin, i’ll stil support Arsenal to sell him in d summer rather dan to loose him 4 nothin in 2013. Honestly, it’ll be understandable if he leaves in d summer in search of major trophies cuz a player of his statuz deserves dat and it wont be good enough when his football career ends in few yrs time n he does’nt have any winners medals to show to his children and grand-chidren as once a world-class player. Unless Arsenal shows signs of seriousness and ambition, am a never-say-die Gunner but i firmly support RVP to leave. It’s juz left 4 d club to find a perfect replacement 4 our fantastic captain. UP ARSENAL!

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