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Sun Apr 20 15:38:32 SAST 2014

Wenger had no choice with RVP

TEAMtalk Media | 16 August, 2012 11:200 Comments
(FILE PHOTO) Manchester United To Sign Robin Van Persie
Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring their third goal during the Premier League match against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England. Manchester United have agreed to sign Robin Van Persie from Arsenal for around £20m
Image by: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he was powerless to stop Robin van Persie from switching alliances to Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Gunners and Red Devils approved the deal - thought to be worth around £20million - on Wednesday, with Van Persie expected to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms by Friday.

"He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon," said Wenger whilst working for French TV station TF1.

"It's never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice."

Wenger is, however, confident, the recent signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski will help ease the Dutchman's exit.

"We have already recruited since we signed Giroud and Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of Van Persie," he concluded.

Van Persie scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, seeing him secure both the PFA and FWA Player of the Season awards.

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