A peeved Arsene Wenger has asked journalists to talk about topics other than the sale of Robin van Persie, while denying speculation that the Gunners are close to accepting a transfer offer for the Dutchman.
Questions from the press inevitably turned towards the future of Arsenal striker Van Persie after the Gunners were defeated 2-0 by Manchester City in a pre-season friendly in China, as Wenger was asked if a deal had been brokered for the sale of the 28-year old to the Manchester club.
Wenger however was rather irked by the constant clamour over the striker’s future, and told reporters that no more questions about Van Persie would be entertained.
“We have talked about Van Persie. I have talked about Van Persie and I’m not talking about that question any more,” Wenger said.
He also added that the Dutchman was closing in on full fitness, and that neither Manchester United nor Manchester City had submitted improved bids for the 28-year old after their initial offers were rejected by the North London side.
“Van Persie is close to fitness. But we have not had any more contact from City or United about him.”
Citizens’ manager Roberto Mancini also seemed to agree with his counterpart’s views, saying: “If he said this, I think it’s true. Van Persie is one of the best strikers so it’s difficult to buy him.”
Van Persie has not travelled with the rest of the Gunners’ squad on their pre-season tour to the Far East, and is strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates after declaring earlier in the month that he would not be signing a new contract with the North London club.
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