Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set a deadline on Robin van Persie’s future at the club, revealing he wants it decided before the first game of the Premier League season.
Van Persie is a target for the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus after refusing to extend his deal with the Gunners, who are 12/1 with bookmaker to win the league title next season.
The Dutchman cited the club’s lack of ambition as one of the reasons for wanting to leave, but Wenger insists his side has much to offer.
“We are very, very ambitious. You know that. Not only very ambitious, but also very proud of the way we run our club,” said the Gunners boss.
“Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him through his whole career. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.
“The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline. I believe the transfer market should stop before the season starts anyway.”