Arsene Wenger reiterates desire to keep Robin van Persie at Arsenal


Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire for Robin van Persie to remain at Arsenal despite the bidding war taking place over the Holland striker.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are hoping to sign last season's top scorer in the Barclays Premier League, whose contract expires next summer.

But Wenger has remained defiant by declaring van Persie, who is valued around £20million, is staying in north London.

"There is nothing to elaborate. The options are clear - we want to keep our players," he told the club's official website

"I would be happy for him to stay in the English Premier League - at Arsenal."

Wenger has promised more new recruits at Emirates Stadium after adding Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to his squad this summer.

Spain winger Santi Cazorla and France midfielder Yann M'Vila have been linked with moves to Arsenal.

"I won't talk a lot about transfers because it is a very fragile and secret subject," Wenger added.

"We bought Giroud and Podolski but we are not at the end of it - we will still bring players in."