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Wenger finally reveals reason he allowed Van Persie to join Man United

Date Posted,April 26, 2017

Arsene Wenger has finally revealed the reason he allowed Robin van Persie to join Manchester United after comparisons were made between the Dutch star and Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez is being strongly linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium as uncertainty continues to surround the long-term future of Wenger.

The Arsenal boss has still not put pen to paper on a new contract and is refusing to give anything away when he is constantly asked about his position with the club.

The future of Sanchez is also a major talking point among Arsenal fans and there is a worry that he could follow in the footsteps of Van Persie and demand a move at the end of the season.

Robin van Persie annoyed Arsenal fans when he secured £24m move to Manchester United (Photo: Getty)

But Wenger has been quick to defend his star forward after comparisons were made between his situation and when RVP was dramatically allowed to join Manchester United back in the summer of 2012.

Wenger, speaking in The Sun, said: “I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because he was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract.

“That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here.”

Alexis Sanchez has been one of the star performes for Arsenal this season (Photo: AFP)

The Gunners boss is determined to see the Chile star remain at the north London club and says he will do everything in his power to ensure that happens – even if he walks away during the summer.

Wenger added: “Even if he doesn’t sign a new deal, I will make him stay? Yes.”

Van Persie left the north London club in bad terms following a difference of opinion with Wenger.

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