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Wenger insists no bids made for RvP

ESPN staff
July 28, 2012
Robin van Persie has been training In London © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger lost his composure in the face of repeated questioning about Robin van Persie, with the Arsenal boss insisting no bid has been made by Manchester United or City for the wantaway forward.

Following his side's 2-0 loss to City in a pre-season friendly in Beijing, Wenger was asked more about a player not on the tour than the game.

Van Persie was not taken to Asia, with the club electing to let him stay in London on the back of his announcement that he will not sign a new deal.

City are circling, United have confirmed making contact and Juventus have claimed to be put off by the Gunners' demands.

And it would appear all the transfer speculation is not sitting well with Wenger who said: "We will not come back forever on Van Persie. We have many strikers at home. Van Persie is one of them."

Despite Sir Alex Ferguson confirming his United side are in the hunt and City boss Roberto Mancini acting cagey on the subject, Wenger has insisted there has been no bids from their Premier League rivals.

Wenger said: "We have not had any more contact from City or United about him at all.

"The Van Persie case doesn't cross my mind. We have had no offers. We have talked about Van Persie."

City boss Mancini has this week spoken of his frustration with his club's activity in the transfer market and he claimed to be in the dark on Van Persie.

The City boss said: "I think it is like this. If Wenger said this, I think it is true.

"Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, it is difficult to buy him.

"Have we made an offer? I don't think so."

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