Wenger still hoping for Van Persie stay as future remains unresolved

Arsene Wenger admits he is unsure whether Robin Van Persie will leave Arsenal this summer but admits he is determined to keep the striker.

The Holland international has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus in the last few months after declaring his intention not to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

With a year remaining on his current deal it was widely expected that Van Persie would depart the Gunners before the new Premier League season gets underway this Saturday.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is still in the running for his signature but is reluctant to match Wenger’s £20 million asking price whilst City and Italian champions Juve have also been unable to agree terms.

It’s rumoured that Ferguson is willing to hold off until the January transfer window to make his move in the hope that he will be able to pick the 29-year-old up for a reduced fee.

Van Persie featured in his first pre-season game on Sunday with a cacophony of boos greeting his entrance to the field as a substitute as the North London club ran out 4-0 winners against Cologne.

And Wenger is holding firm on his stance that the Dutchman will stay at Arsenal despite the clubs supporters making their feelings heard although acknowledged his future is still very much up in the air.

“There’s no news on van Persie.

“Our fans want him to stay so you can understand they are excited.

“Anything I could say about Van Persie would be a lie because he’s our player and that’s it.

“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player.

“He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don’t know more.”