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The Chilean striker has made clear his desire to join a club that can match his Champions League ambitions, but the Gunners boss insists the forward will be made to see out the final year of his contract, even if that means he leaves for nothing next summer.
But former Highbury favourite Merson doubts the sincerity of the Frenchman’s words, insisting he’s heard it all before.
“We’ve seen this Arsene before, he’s said it a lot… Nasri’s not leaving, Fabregas is not leaving, Van Persie’s not leaving.
“He can say all these things and then he can say, ‘it’s out of my hands, the board want to sell him, the club’s a business’.”