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Arsène Wenger takes aim at Manchester City collecting strikers

Arsène Wenger has reacted with belligerence and no little cynicism to Manchester City's interest in Robin van Persie, maintaining that his captain at Arsenal is under contract for a further two years and will not be sold.

City are exploring the option of signing a striker in January, following the controversy that has engulfed Carlos Tevez, who has been suspended after his refusal to play as a substitute at Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and Van Persie, whom City have admired for some time, has been talked of as a possible solution. The Holland international is in no hurry to discuss a contract extension at Arsenal and has suggested that it would be better if he were to wait until next summer, which has not only caused alarm behind the scenes at the club but has been noted with interest at City.

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