No change in Van Persie situation

Arsenal's Robin van PersieArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that there has been no further developments in Robin van Persie’s situation with the club.

The Netherlands international has stated that he will not extend his current contract in north London, which expires next summer.

The Gunners are desperate to keep him whilst Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus are hot on his heels; the French coach has confessed nothing has changed.

“There is nothing to elaborate. The options are clear – we want to keep our players,” Wenger told reporters, published in Sky Sports.

“I would be happy for him to stay in the English Premier League – at Arsenal.”

Meanwhile the Gunners have been linked with a move for Malaga winger Santi Cazorla, and Wenger has admitted that the Spaniard is a player of quality.

“You see I have come here to say as little as possible! I am ready to talk a lot, but not a lot about transfers, because it is a very fragile subject and a very secret subject.

“But I share the opinion of Mikel Arteta – he [Cazorla] is a great player.

“We bought Giroud and Podolski and I hope that we bought Diaby and Wilshere too, who didn’t play at all last season. We will add Wilshere to the squad as soon as possible. But we are not at the end of it [transfers] – we will still bring players in,” he concluded.

Arsenal are currently on a pre-season tour in Asia.

By Gareth McKnight