Arsenal facing double fight over Dutch striker - reports

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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has emerged on the radar of both Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala, according to separate reports.

The Dutch international has been in the headlines this weekend after stalling on contract talks at the Emirates, leading to speculation over a move away from Arsenal before the start of next season.

The Guardian claims Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has taken an interest in the player following the Carlos Tevez debacle at the Etihad Stadium, whilst Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos confirmed Anzhi were keen on the Gunners' skipper.

"I will have dinner with the President to discuss transfers for next season. We want to sign players like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Robin van Persie and Robert Pires," Carlos told Radio Marca.

Arsenal have made their worst start to a season in 50 years this term, with Van Persie one of the few shining lights for Arsene Wenger thus far in the Barclays Premier League.


The Dutchman's brace in a 3-0 win over Bolton last weekend showed the striker hasn't lost his appetite for goals with the Gunners, despite the speculation and concern surrounding his future in north London.

But, with Wenger unable to tie the player down to a long-term dead, links to other clubs across Europe will undoubtedly continue, and Arsenal could face a fight to keep the player with the club.

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