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Manchester United will not let Robin van Persie leave this summer

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Manchester United will not consider letting Robin van Persie leave the club this summer, according to The Daily Mail.

The Dutch international, who joined the Red Devils from Premier League rivals Arsenal prior to the start of the 2012/13 season, spearheaded the club's successful title charge during Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge but has endured a difficult campaign this time around.

Having missed a large proportion of the season with a troublesome thigh problem, Manchester United striker Van Persie has still produced a respectable record of 11 goals in 16 top-flight appearances.

However, with previous rumours having suggested that the player was unimpressed with David Moyes' methods at Old Trafford and others linking him with a potential shock return to Arsenal, the former Feyenoord hitman appeared to inadvertently refuel such controversial speculation by bemoaning his Manchester United teammates following Tuesday night's shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in Greece.

However, despite it appearing as if Van Persie could be edging towards a premature Manchester United exit, The Mail report that the club will resist any bids for him with Moyes and the board keen to see Van Persie stay and continue to partner Wayne Rooney in attack next season.

Whether such a stance will deter interest from Arsenal, remains to be seen. While Arsene Wenger continues to remain coy on the topic of Van Persie, it is no secret that the Gunners are in desperate need of a new striker at the Emirates Stadium.

Although Frenchman Olivier Giroud has enjoyed a promising second season at the club since his move from Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier, Arsenal have little quality in reserve with only the talented but inexperienced Yaya Sanogo and controversial Nicklas Bendtner as cover.

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