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Wenger: No New Striker Will Be Bought To Replace Van Persie

Arsene Wenger insists he had no choice but to sell Robin van Persie, but has revealed he won’t be making any further signings to replace the out-going Dutchman

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsene Wenger responds to RVP’s sale.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he had no choice but to sell captain Robin van Persie, but has revealed he won’t be making any further signings to replace the out-going Dutchman, according to Sky Sports News.

The Gunners confirmed on Wednesday night that they had agreed to sell van Persie to Manchester United for a reported fee of £24m. The striker is now back in the UK after being an un-used substitute during Hollands 4-2 loss to Belgium and is set to travel north to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms on Thursday.

Boss Arsene Wenger gave his thoughts on the sale while working for French TV station TF1 and claimed he had little option but to sell his want-away skipper after he refused to sign a contract extension with the club.

“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon,”

“It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.”

Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News

The Frenchman went on to say he won’t be making any further signings in the striker department, despite calls from many sections of the Arsenal support to go out and buy a ready-made replacement.

Wenger claims he signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski earlier in the summer to compensate for the sale of van Persie. When asked about buying a striker to replace RVP, Wenger said:

“We have already recruited since we Giroud and Podolski who originally were intended to offset the departure of van Persie,”

Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News

So it looks like Arsenal will be heading in to the new Premier League season with their current crop of strikers. But will Podolski, Giroud and Chamakh be enough to push for a trophy?

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  1. winston

    August 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Hi no we dont need any new plays we need a top class manager wenger is a rubbish manager and arsenal will not win any trophies this session and will not finest in the top six whats going to happen to the money from van persie sale well as i see it its going in wengers pocket as a bones and the boards pocket its not going in the club now i would tell song go from arsenal wenger is running the club down wilcott i will tell you to go as arsenal will go on werethis session the three players that come in will do nothing as thay are new to english leguejust like at arshavin shamack and bentner rubbish that wenger brough in and all the best players we have sold under wenger the board and wenger are ripping the fan off and putting the money in thier bank do thay care about the club no time for the fans to make a stand session ticket holders please dont buy new tickets the board mite look and do sonthing wenger out and out now winston

  2. karar

    August 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    i don thing if arsenal can go with no new striker ? but we this clup devolebt young plyers so we dont thing if arsenal need cup ? that whay he dont need now strike if he buy new strike and dont win cup he nows he will go out ? ?????? we now that so i can say arsenal fun sory that

    • Kristian

      August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      How can you say that Wenger is a poor manager? Think of that Arsenal always finish in top 4 and advance for CL every year. Finally when Wenger have bought 3 world Class players and win against Cologne with 4 goals to nothing, you say that he is à bad manager? I don’t understand some people saying year after year that Wenger must go? He is doing great in Arsenal and you Will see that we take some silverware this season. Mark my words.
      In Wenger we trust!

      • Wooo

        August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        are u sure? U r one of z supporter of z greedy board and mgr not AFC.

        • ufochurchill

          August 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

          is wenger d owner of Arsenal football club? So y do u thk he is d one deciding hw d club is been run.common wake up he is just an employee like anyone else……

      • liono1013

        August 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Arsenal wont get a better manager now then arsene, but come on, we taught arsene learnt a lesson las year about havin quality. polodski der to improve 4 arshavin, santi der 4 fabregas, giroud der to giv us another attack system wit rvp. but now he gone. we need a better squad, dats why players are leaving, they dont believe, der gettin sick of it, we have a team but need a squad. even talks of song goin to barca now. do u honestly think we win something wit wat we got. at best we would win carling cup. we need another defender that can keep other team mates fighting for der position and have cover at same time. we need a striker that can guarantee at least 20 goals. Giroud aint dat. we need players like mexes, lewandowski or LIorente.

      • beasttttt

        August 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

        So we beat cologne by four goals to nothing, big deal???? I hope you know that cologne were relegated from the bundesliga last season and so far this season are struggling in the second division…..and qualifying for the champs league every year doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win it, so wenger hasn’t achieved anything special. Man U did not qualify from the group stage last year but were in the final in 2011 & 2009 after winning it in 2008. That is what you call success my friend and we won’t anything when we sell our star players every summer. Get some perspective please!

  3. karar

    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    coman arsenal funn can we fanne the way we can fire this manager this is not manger we can see and borud can see this manger he can not win any ttrofy with no god player

  4. Ndianabasi

    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    It is gud rvp goes, so dat d new 2 players that we buy can av their potentcial 2 fight 4 d term. Let c til novmba how it wil be i kno my arsenal of dis season is very hot pls dnt loos faith. Wat we should do now pls tel wenga nt 2 sale alex song.

    • Wooo

      August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      What if Podi and Giroud in have got an injury? At zat time ur mgr says… we have so many injury…why some people angry?

  5. Eddy

    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Arsenal have zero ambitions where wining is concerned. They are trully the Premiership league’s money ggrabbers. A complete disgrace to their long suffering supports. The time is fast Approaching when the majority of these supporters would ask themselves, why are we supporting a club that so manifestly does not support their ambitions? I have voted with my feet.

    • Neil

      August 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I agree, we’re a football academy. Arsene is so stubborn and set in his ways. He needs to wake up or leave. I still can’t believe so many Arsenal supporters still support this mindset and manager.

      Year after year the same stuff, over and over. No trophies and sell our best players to the top teams who have ambition to win. Why does no one seem to get this? The reality is this is the world we live in and you can’t go on winning like this. For those that argue that simply look at the last 7 seasons…enough is enough.

  6. aRaBa

    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    what are u both saying? I dont seem to understand any of u.karar and winston.

  7. aRaBa

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    hey u eddy! Dunno if ur an arsenal fan or not,bt what is it with u?majority of the fans dnt want rvp no more so whats ur stress?

    • Eddy

      August 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      You guys are so predictable and easy to manipulate. Not long ago, RVP could do no wrong, he was Mr Arsenal. Just as a decision to sell was make behind closed doors, he was demonised. Now you are telling me that majority of Arsenal fans did not want him. You need to wake up and see what every other football supporter in the land knows. Arsenal are just a money machine for their owners. Tey have no aspiration for the premiership crown. You guys are being played like an old fiddle. Shame!

  8. karar

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    aRaBa ? you well undestand me one day ?


  9. liono1013

    August 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    u cant b serious. just relying on Giroud to b our striker is crazy. Podolski is a winger not a striker. Please dont let us watch another season with a bare minimum quality squad. we need another striker arsene.


    August 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Everything that is happening now had been pre-planned by Wenger and the board. When he quckly brought in two strikers, the motive was to sell RVP but Wenger kept denying that fact. Most fans will question why they should support Arsenal which has turned out to be a business enterprise instead of a competitive football club. Arsenal’s ambition is to qualify for the champions league and anything beyond that is not in their agenda. I would recommend that we fans still keep supporting the club but don’t put your emotions in it.When they win rejoice, when they lose forget it and don’t cry. As long as Wenger is in charge, things will be like this, year in, year out. It is sad and painful how a good club is being destroyed by few indviduals.

  11. macduff

    August 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    i dnt blive we r stil angry ova rvp’s depature,d dude is a traitor 2 d team,he had is plans 2 destroy arsenal..if nt,y didnt he go 2 juventus..?,i stil blive wenger shud bring in javi hernandez or Lloronte 2 replace rvp…although i’ll miss his powerful left shot..

  12. Opus

    August 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Some people here are deluded arsenal supporters stop abusing Wenger.

    • beasttttt

      August 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      So arsenal supporters are deluded for criticizing wengers lack of ambition and for selling his 3 best players in consecutive summers and thinking we can still challenge for trophies????? To replace a world class player with lukas podolski who was a huge flop at his only big club bayern munich and olivier giroud who has had only one good season in the top flight??? Who was playing in the lower leagues just 2 seasons ago???? Dude, please stop smoking wateva u are smoking and get a dose of reality, big big dose… sell our best player to our greatest rival in manchester united???? And you still believe wenger is competitive and shouldn’t be sacked??? Let me remind you that alex fergusson wouldn’t sell gabriel heinze who was surplus to requirement at united to liverpool just some years back just because they were rivals. Seriously, man I think you are the one who is deluded. No disrespect!

  13. crispen

    August 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Why does any of this surprise? Wenger never lets on whatis really happenning, nevr has. I would not be shocked if VP pplays all of 10 games then crocks up for the rest of the season.
    Wenger Knows!!!

    • beasttttt

      August 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      And if he plays the whole season and scores 40 goals?

  14. Jade Takudzwa Tsokodayi

    August 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Seriously, we need an out and out striker to replace RVP. A right footed one will be needed to complement Podolski and Giroud. We also need a defensive midfielder, someone in the frame of vierra. Furthermore, we need an anchor man and then we will win EPL and even the CL at a cost of less than the price of RVP. Comeon Wenger, dream. Just dream a bit more. Dream silver old man. Dream!!!!

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