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    Van Persie: Won't be sold to Man City

    Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal will not be selling captain Robin van Persie to Manchester City - and expects the Dutch striker to stay on to lead the Gunners to success.
    Van Persie, 28, has yet to agree an extension to his current contract, which runs until the summer of 2013.
    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has fuelled speculation of another big-money raid on Emirates Stadium for the Holland striker, hailing van Persie as "one of the best strikers in Europe".
    Over the past few years Wenger has seen Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, last summer, all join rivals City in big-money moves.

    Van Persie has netted 32 goals in a stand-out individual campaign and appears comfortable to wait until the end of the season before discussing future plans.
    Wenger has already stated the club will "do anything possible" to retain the services of their talisman striker, and sees no reason to let City's public courtship of Van Persie unsettle either the player or his team.
    "We will not lose anybody to Manchester City, or to anybody else because we want to keep our players," the Gunners boss said.
    "We want to keep Robin Van Persie, that is clear, we will do everything possible to extend his contract, that is clear, and apart from that, I can only let people talk."
    Wenger insists everyone's focus must be on winning Monday night's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle to stay in the top four.
    "To fulfil his contract is to win against Newcastle and to add to that is to win the next game, that is being professional," the Arsenal boss said.
    "You always want to know what happens in 2012 or 2013 then who knows? To be professional is to win your next game."
    Arsenal reluctantly sold then captain Cesc Fabregas back to Barcelona last summer, before eventually having to give up in the battle to keep Nasri, who was sold in a 24million deal at the end of August.
    Wenger admits it is a situation he does not want to repeat.

    "Last year was the first time we lost the players young. That was a worrying sign and it provoked double trouble," he said.
    "Firstly they went late and secondly we bought late when we were already in a very difficult situation.
    "There is a wrong understanding about what happened. The club has been treated very badly because of that and I don't think the club was guilty of anything during that transfer period."
    Wenger continued: "I was very adamant [Nasri would not be sold], but at the end of the day, it was a difficult situation to manage.
    "We had the players and we felt after the tour, that [Aaron] Ramsey and [Jack] Wilshere could work, also we could add somebody more.
    "If a player didn't want to extend, where do we go from there? But we will see. We do our best to keep our best players."

    Reports in Germany have suggested Arsenal are set to sign Lukas Podolski from Cologne for 11million.
    Wenger insisted no deal had yet been done for the Poland-born 26-year-old, who has played at two World Cups.
    "He is a good football player above all. He can play for us because he can play central, he can play right and he can play on the left," Wenger said.

    "He has 96 caps for Germany and is 26 years old which is the best age.
    "He is available at a reasonable price if we can reach an agreement, but at the moment we are nowhere near.
    "I don't want to disappoint people and let down their expectations.
    "Let us first see what we can do."

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    Terry Connor: Insists he can cope


    Wolves caretaker boss Terry Connor believes the turbulent events of the last few days have given him even more belief he can cope with the demands of being a manager.
    Connor saw his side beaten 5-0 at Fulham on Sunday in only his second game in charge, and also lost the services of key midfielder Karl Henry for up to a month through injury.
    Then the following day he had to discipline club skipper Roger Johnson after deeming him to have reported in an unfit condition to train properly.
    Connor next faces a Barclays Premier League bottom-four clash with Blackburn at Molineux on Saturday, but he is relishing the challenge.
    "It has been a tough few days but those are the problems thrown at you and you have to deal with them," he said.
    "We allowed Fulham too much time to pass and move the ball around and, if you do that against a quality side, they will be able to tear you apart.
    "The situation with Roger is the sort of thing I've not had to deal with before but I thought I dealt with it adequately enough.
    "Injuries, like the one to Karl, are unfortunate but the sort of thing that happen all the time.

    "If anything, all that has happened has given me more belief that I can do the job.
    "I've experienced things this week where I think, 'I can tuck that away, I know now what I need to do to deal with those situations'.
    "It has given me more belief I can do this job and certainly make sure we stay in the Premier League this season."
    Wolves have gone more than three months without a home win and lost 5-1 to West Brom in the last game at Molineux - a match which sealed manager Mick McCarthy's fate.
    Connor knows that record has to improve but is trying to play down the significance of the Blackburn game as he predicted another last-day-of-the-season battle to survive in the top flight.
    He said: "I know we haven't won at home since December 4 but we have to try to play in a positive manner, be bold and win a game of football.
    "I hope the fans react to that and give a positive feedback to the players. Hopefully then everyone can go home with a smile on their faces.
    "The lads are professional. This is their home pitch, and they want to win on that home pitch.

    "People are building up the significance of this game and we know it will be big but it is not the end of the campaign.
    "We will try to get three points and, if we do, it will be a great win and a great boost for everyone.
    "If it goes the other way, we've got another 10 games after that to get the points we need to stay in the Premier League."
    Wolves stayed up on the final day of last season despite losing 3-2 to Blackburn after trailing 3-0, with Stephen Hunt's late goal edging them in front of relegated Birmingham on goal difference.
    Connor said: "It was a rollercoaster of a day and at the end of it there was joy and relief as we had retained our Premier League status.
    "We're be looking to do the same come the end of this season. I think it will be decided again there or thereabouts on the final day.
    "I'd love to win the next five or six games and not have to worry about that. But I'm realistic - I know what happens."

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    Robbie Fowler: No Blackpool move


    Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has confirmed a move for former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler has fallen through.
    Holloway had hoped to add Fowler to his squad after the 36-year-old impressed during a training stint at Bloomfield Road.
    Fowler revealed earlier this week that he rejected the club's offer of a 5,000 appearance bonus and just 90 per week if he did not play.
    Holloway has admitted they could not agree terms with Fowler and that they have now moved on from the deal.

    "I had a chat with my chairman and I had a chat with Robbie, and we aren't going to get that deal going," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.
    "Karl Oyston's idea of what Robbie could do and how he could do it didn't match up with what Robbie wants. I had a go, but he doesn't feel this club is right for him.
    "I'd have loved to have got him in as he would have offered us something different. There's no animosity. I really liked him but we have to move on now."

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