Van Persie motives baffle Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood

The Dutch striker is continuing to try and force a move away from the Emirates Stadium, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus all vying for his attention

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confessed he is baffled as to why Robin van Persie would want to leave the club.

The 28-year-old striker finished as top scorer in the Premier League last season and confirmed his intention to part ways with the Gunners earlier in July, which has started a transfer pursuit between Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.

However, the Emirates Stadium chairman insisted that Van Persie will not be sold on the cheap.

“He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away,” Hill-Wood told the Daily Star.

“If he is determined to leave that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.

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“To be honest I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that.

“But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”

Van Persie has been part of the Gunners' squad since 2004 and was given the captain’s armband on a permanent basis after Fabregas left last summer.

Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud have already been brought in to the club recently, while Santi Cazorla is a reported £16 million target for the Gunners.