Arsene Wenger has broken his silence on the issue of Robin van Persie’s contract by writing in his Eurosport blog that he’s desperate to keep the striker at Arsenal.
The boss, who has been penning his thoughts for the continental broadcaster throughout Euro 2012, is expected to hold talks with the Dutchman in the coming weeks as he tries to persuade his protégé to reject the advances of several suitors.
“We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs, because we depend on him offensively,” confirmed Wenger.
Tugging on the heartstrings a little, while giving a quick reminder of both the player’s off-field problems in the summer of 2006 and his persistent injuries in the subsequent years, the boss continued:
“I’ve always supported him even in the hardest times, and I hope he will end his career at Arsenal.”
Having already added Lukas Podolski to help lesson the goal scoring burden on his club captain, Wenger last week snapped up Olivier Giroud from reigning Ligue 1 champions Montpellier.
Revealing he’d scouted the physical hitman for some time, the boss backed his new boy to be a Premier League revelation:
“I’ve known Olivier Giroud for some time. He played for my friend Daniel Sanchez alongside Laurent Koscielny at Tours. The first time I saw him, I found he had something intelligent and dangerous. I always said he could score goals and assist his partners.
“Our game is based on cooperation between the players in the offensive phase and he’ll integrate easily. I don’t like simple goalscorers, they must also add to the collective. He is good in the air which is rare. He’s quite complete and has a great room for improvement.”
Wenger’s comments back-up the latest mutterings from Peter Hill-Wood who went on record last night to dismiss suggestions that Arsenal had rejected a paltry bid from Juventus for Van Persie.
“As far as I am aware nobody has made any offer for him and he is away so we are not in any dialogue at all,” said Hill-Wood.
“We’re not in the remotest bit interested in selling him.”