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Arsenal prepared to make stand and KEEP Van Persie

Arsenal are prepared to keep contract rebel Robin van Persie at the club beyond the summer market deadline.

The Daily Star says there is a growing feeling at the Emirates that the club needs to make a stand after the loss of several key players.

Refusing to sell Van Persie now would send a strong message to fans that the Londoners have had enough.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus all want the Dutchman, but are unwilling to pay anything near the £30m Arsenal are demanding for their skipper. United's bid is understood to have been less than £10m.

If Arsenal keep him for the first half of the season they know they could still command a decent fee in January when clubs could be desperate to land a top striker.

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