Wenger insists Arsenal will do ‘anything’ to keep Van Persie
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the Londoners will do all they can to convince Robin van Persie to sign a new deal at the club
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will do “anything” to keep Robin van Persie at the club after the striker’s double downed Liverpool on Saturday.
The 28-year-old’s Gunners contract is set to expire at the end of next season, meaning Arsenal will likely have to tie up the Dutchman to a new deal to prevent him leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2013.
Van Persie has been in prolific form this term, netting 31 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, and is sure to attract interest from a host of Europe’s top club’s in the summer.
The Arsenal captain, who netted twice at Anfield to give the Gunners a 2-1 win over their top-four rivals, recently confirmed that he will hold talks with the club over a new contract once the season is over.
And Wenger is confident the Dutchman will commit his future to the club by penning a new deal this summer.
“I must say we will do anything to keep him,” said Wenger after Saturday’s game. “I cannot say much more because I have said that many times.
“I am very proud that he has grown after having seen him arriving here timid, and today being the player and leader he has become.
“He is playing under big pressure in every game because he knows he has to score. He has shown exceptional development, not only as a player but as a human being. He is up there with the best players in the world.”