By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has dismissed out-of-hand suggestions that Robin van Persie might move to Manchester City in January.
Friday morning's newspapers suggested Roberto Mancini may be interested in the Arsenal captain after a very public disagreement with his own striker Carlos Tevez this week.
Speaking a few hours later at his usual pre-match press conference, Wenger put any concern from supporters to rest.
"This is a story created to create a story," he said. "There is no truth to it. There is nothing to say really.
"Anybody who wants to sign one of our players can call me. Everybody has my phone number.
"I don't know why we are even speaking about transfers. Robin is under contract until 2013."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source