“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?