Wenger rubbished Van Persie's Juve link
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Arsene Wenger remains confident Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal next season, and has rubbished suggestions his captain would be moving to Italian champions Juventus.

Van Persie has yet to resolve his long-term future, with a year left to run on his current Gunners contract.

The Dutchman held preliminary talks with Arsenal before he left for what turned out to be a disappointing UEFA EURO 2012 campaign as the Netherlands failed to progress past the group stage following three defeats.

Van Persie, 28, plundered some 37 goals in all competition to help fire Arsenal back into the third place in the Premier League - and with it automatic qualification into the UEFA Champions League once again.

Wenger, though, insists speculation of a big-money move away from Emirates Stadium, with English champions Manchester City also reported to be preparing a lucrative offer as well as the Serie A winners, are all wide of the mark.

Wenger told Corriere Dello Sport: "I am certain that Robin will remain with us. If you want to know why I am so certain that Robin will remain with us is because there is no reason in this world why a great player like Van Persie should go and play for you, in Italy and in your competition. Your football is at an inferior level to the Premier League."

Arsenal are keen to show their intent for next season with more signings to follow Germany forward Lukas Podolski. A £13m move for France forward Olivier Giroud is, according to Montpellier's officials, at an advanced stage.

Signing the 25-year-old, who scored 25 goals last season to help Montpellier win the Ligue 1 title, would be likely to lead to some of Arsenal's fringe players being sold, including Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Carlos Vela and Denilson.