The Netherlands international has revealed that he will not sign a new contract at the north London club and as such is now being speculated with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
With Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus circling, Wenger has revealed a sale could happen soon.
“We are very, very ambitious. You know that,” he stated in a press conference, covered by The Sun.
“Not only very ambitious but also very proud of the way we run our club.
“Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him throughout. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.
“However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that.
“The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline.
“Of course. I believe the transfer market should stop before the season starts anyway.
“But the situation is not the same as last season because we have a squad that is solid and used to playing together. We have bought two strikers in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
“The seriousness of last year’s situation was made difficult for us by injuries, not only through the transfer market,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight