Arsenal Ready To Make Manchester City Target Robin Van Persie Stay Until January

Gunners to tell want-away captain he must stay until January.

Arsenal are ready to force outbound striker Robin van Persie to stay at the club until January.

Van Persie had looked set to leave the Emirates this summer after publicly stating his refusal to sign a new contract. Serie A giants Juventus lead the race for the Dutchman, with Manchester duo City and United also interested.

But, according to the Daily Star, there is a growing feeling at Arsenal that the club needs to take a stand, after losing several key players in the past few seasons.

Last summer saw influential midfield duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri join Barcelona and City respectively, while Gael Clichy also left for the Premier League Champions.

Arsenal are now preparing to tell Van Persie he must stay in north London until at least January.

The Gunners are hopefully that a strong first half of the season might convince the 28-year-old to sign a new deal and are also aware that they could still command a significant transfer fee, with clubs often desperate for top strikers in the mid-season window.

Van Persie has just one-year remaining on his Arsenal deal and his suitors have been so far unwilling to meet Arsenal’s £30 million asking price.

Last night Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirmed the club would not be bullied into letting Van Persie go on the cheap.

“He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away,” said Hill-Wood.

“If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.”

Hill-Wood also claimed he did not understand Van Persie’s stance.

“To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that.

“But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”

Skipper Van Persie scored 30 Premier League goals last season and was crowned both Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year.

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