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Fri Apr 18 03:29:59 SAST 2014

Wenger desperate to keep RVP

TEAMtalk Media | 22 July, 2012 09:440 Comments
Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League
Robin van Persie of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on March 24, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Julian Finney / Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep Robin van Persie at Arsenal after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed Manchester United made an offer for the striker.

On Friday, Ferguson confirmed the Red Devils had tabled an offer to bring the prolific Dutchman to Old Trafford.

Although the offer is said to have fallen well short of the Gunners' valuation - understood to be appoaching £30million - United expressing their interest could further unsettle Van Persie, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Serie A outfit Juventus.

His current contract in north London expires next season and Wenger has expressed his desire for the 28-year-old to remain at Emirates Stadium.

"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." he told Arsenal Player.

"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."

And Wenger is sure that Van Persie will continue to give his best for Arsenal - regardless of whether he departs the club or not.

"Robin was an exceptional leader last year," added the Frenchman. "But we know how much we had to fight to come third because we missed out the start of the season.

"After seven games we had lost four and we have learned that for us it is vital for us to focus on the start of the season rather than on any transfers.

"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.

"As long as you are somewhere you give your best every day for that club. 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."

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