Updated: 24/07/2012 12:00 | By pa.press.net

Wenger seeks swift RVP resolution



Arsene Wenger, left, claims Robin van Persie is a 'world-class striker'

Arsene Wenger, left, claims Robin van Persie is a 'world-class striker'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep Robin van Persie, but wants the captain's future sorted one way or the other by the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The 28-year-old Holland striker announced after the European Championship that he would not be renewing his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, which expires at the end of next term, and questioned the club's ambitions.

Speaking in Malaysia at the start of the Gunners' pre-season tour, Wenger said at a press conference: "We are very, very ambitious. You know that. Not only very ambitious, but also very proud of the way we run our club."

He went on: "Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him through his whole career. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.

"However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that."

Wenger will no doubt be keen to avoid a repeat of last year, when both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas were sold towards the end of the summer transfer window.

"The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline," the Frenchman said.

Asked if that was before the new campaign kicks off, he replied: "Of course. I believe the transfer market should stop before the season starts anyway."

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23/07/2012 09:46
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Let him go. The man has no respect. After giving us nothing but injuries for years, he decides he's too good for us after one injury-free season, the first he's ever had. He'll probably break his leg getting out of bed by the start of the season anyway. Screw RVP, Arsenal will live on
23/07/2012 10:36
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As a Arsenal an I will be sorry to see Robin go but when a player does not want to resign it shows his heart is not in the club so let him go. Too many players now days want vast sums of money and hold a gun to their clubs head saying 'give me what I want or I go'. Clubs need to stand firm.  If a player does not want to play for your team let him sit the last year of his contract on the bench and see how much other clubs will pay him then....
23/07/2012 10:52
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Get as much money as you can for him, sonner or later he will get back to being injured again
23/07/2012 10:30
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One injury free season and the next thing is Arsenal lack ambition that is why I want to go - all is rubbish why did the ambition issue not mentioned by him all the time he has been having the whole season on the bench with one injury or the other. RVP issue should be handled with all seriousness it deserve to serve as deterrent to all other ungrateful and unprofessional players. Arsene should not allow him into the preseason tour so as not to cause disharmony in our team
23/07/2012 11:40
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I agree with "someone" no respect for a club that stood by him through 7 years of injuries, 10months of a rape charge, he never mentioned once about the club lacking ambition, all this crap when players "pat the crest of their club" they are all only in it for the money, take what we can get for the ungrateful ****, loved his time with us, but just like nasri, money grabbing git, wish we still had adams or keown, they would show him who's bigger, if we played against his team this season.!!!!!!
23/07/2012 12:03
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Arsene Wenger, take the best offer and rid Gunners of Persie, he had one good season out of eight, you have nurtured him and supported him through his bad seasons, and now he shows his real personality and wants to dump his colleagues and the club. Let him go and he can join the Arsenal of the North with the others who dumped the club that made them...... Go on Persie ... on your bike!

Yes Arsene you have been and still are a reliable spotter of talent without megabucks and should be admired for that! Keep up the good work!
23/07/2012 15:00
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Attention Arsenal fans.

The way you guys are insulting and abusing Van Persie is very much against the traditions of the Arsenal fc that I have come to know.

Remember that other great talented footballers are watching the treatment being meted out to a fellow player and would therefore think twice before coming to Arsenal.

But the number of players leaving is increasing year after year and it will be simplistic if not utter folly to blame the issue on the players or money alone.

I hold my hand up as I accept my own share of the blame. Remember how we roundly and unitedly turned on Galas for questioning the ambition of the club.

Wenger stubbornly stuck to his philosophies of wage limit, age limit and not buying proven stars. Those philosophies that denied us easier glories in the recent past have now been abandoned by Wenger. And meanwhile trophies were not won and time was lost as well (because of policies that now have been abandoned). Make your voice count. Make your membership count.

Arsenal have the best tradition and infrastructure in the country to become the biggest club in the country. Your dreams and ambitions can take you as far as you want- even within the bounds of reality and practicality.

As a club, we have been in the business of buying and selling of players. But the little minded and small time accountants have not managed to sell our best players for more than £30 million. Consider how much Man U sold Ronaldo. Consider how much Newcastle sold Carrol. Consider how much Liverpool sold Torres.

We have been for long convinced and programmed to belive that the present system and dreams are the best. Its time to think again. Seven years ago we talked about building for the futue. The future is today. We can not continue to postpone the future. 

23/07/2012 11:24
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Not sure about first team football at United as he will compete with Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

he would be first choice for Juve.

I think Arsenal could benefit from him moving on. 6 out of 7 seasons he's been injured for long periods and Arseanl can't build a team around him.

23/07/2012 12:17
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LETS BE HONEST LADIES AND GENTS IF V PERSIE GOES THEN ITS UP TO HIM WITHOUT THE AID OF FABREGAS AND NASRI WE STILL FINISHED 3RD WENGER IS A CLEAVER MAN OF COURSE HE HAS BACK UP WITH TWO DECENT LEFT FOOTED STRIKERS OLIVER, AND PODOLSKI , DONT GET ME WRONG WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE VAN THE MAN AND WE NEEDED NASRI AND FABREGAS BUT PLAYERS LIKE THAT WANT TROPHIES WHICH AS AN ARSENAL FAN AM GONNA SAY WE HAVE LACKED FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, SO IF THEY GO LET THEM GO ITS UP TO THEM WE JUST HOPE THE BEST FOR THEM IN THE FUTURE
23/07/2012 17:53
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I think its time Wenger had a reality check, he spoke the same way about Fabregas & now he's doing the same with v.Per$ie, it's now time to sell the ungrateful s***e & spend the money on a younger less injury prone player.
23/07/2012 10:28
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This has to be Arsenals season after being the nearly team for the last few seasons. Hopefully with the new recruits and key injured players back this will be their year.
23/07/2012 23:09
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I hope Arsenal stick to their guns and demand a fee of £25 million+.

If we don't get it, let's do a Levy wave his contract in his face, don't sell him keep him at Arsenal, give the captaincy to Vermaelen and play RvP in EVERY single game for the full 90 minutes unless tactics dictate otherwise that Arsenal has to get their money's worth out of him, then let him go for free. He'll either be broken, knackered or totally disheartened come the end of next season.

We'll see who'll want him then!!!

 

23/07/2012 13:04
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Why is it that at Arsenal we always have these episodes of questioning the loyalty of our (best) departing players EVERY summer? Is it Wenger trying to portray himself in good light here? Sell RVP as soon as possible because that will be inthe best interests of the club.
23/07/2012 10:18
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Just how good is rvp?--The only way we will ever know is if he leaves Arsenal and proves himself at a big club.
23/07/2012 11:51
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He's just another money hungry footballe,r who only has loyalty to his wallet. Pack him back off to Holland and let them have him he's not worth any Arsenal fans tears!!!!!
23/07/2012 11:26
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Omg if Michael carrick is the future of English football I fear we are doomed
23/07/2012 12:41
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I have to say I can see why Van Persie is leaving. He may do it for the money but winning trophies is also definitely an issue. Arsene has to build his squad stronger. Now contending for the premier league is starting to become a "who has the most money" game. Arsene has finally started to spend some money and realised that he can't always rely on bringing young players from his own club. The money received from the sales of Nasri Clichy and Fabregas could have been better spent on players.  As much as I like Arsene, him and the club owners are to be blamed for Arsenal's failure to win trophies in the past years. If Van Persie does leave then Arsene has to spend not just on strikers but DEFENDERS TOO!
23/07/2012 12:41
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It's obvious he is going to leave Arsenal, Wenger would be a fool to keep him there this season. I don't want him at United, have never liked signing rivals players, City really don't need him. Van Persie should go to Juventus, a slower league for the injury prone striker, plus he will fit in with the likes of Paul Pogba.
23/07/2012 18:07
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Auction this SWINE to the highest bidder, he already dead for most of the supporters even if he stays!
23/07/2012 15:20
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Why do Arsenal want this disloyal player to stay, does he forget how many injuries he's had and how Arsenal stuck with him. Hes had one really good season....sell him now, or better still sit him on the bench for the next year...the pratt.
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