Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told skipper Robin van Persie he doesn't need to buy. The Daily Star says the manager revealed in a meeting with the Dutch striker yesterday that he may not be ready to make any major plunge in the transfer market, despite the team's poor start to the season.

Sources in Holland say van Persie - made club captain following the £35m sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona - was left stunned by Wenger's attitude.

Van Persie is understood to have asked to see Wenger yesterday in the wake of the 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool, which left the Gunners with just a point and no goals from their first two league games.

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