Wenger rubbishes Van Persie talk


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has jumped to the defence of Robin van Persie after quotes attributed to the Dutch striker claimed he would be honoured to join Real Madrid.

Van Persie has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season, but has less than 18 months to run on his current deal with the Gunners.

And talk of him leaving The Emirates Stadium swelled following quotes in which he described playing in Madrid as an 'excellent prospect'.

"Frankly, Marca is as creative as some English newspapers. That means you cannot believe every word that is said in Marca," Wenger said.

"They don't care, Marca, at all. I think they are even far more from real evidence than any English newspapers. They create just stories."

Van Persie replied on Twitter: "Contrary to reports in Spain I have NEVER spoken to Marca newspaper and never gave any interview. Enjoy your day."

The 28-year-old scored 35 Premier League goals last year, and proved himself to be indispensable to the Gunners cause.

The club's attempts to qualify for the Champions League through finishing in the Premier League's top four appear to hinge on Van Persie staying in-form.

The return of Gervinho comes at the ideal time for Arsenal, with Thierry Henry set for his final game for The Gunners against AC Milan on Tuesday night.

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