Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger is attempting a last ditch effort to cling on to his  29-year-old club captain Robin Van Persie.

The wantaway striker who was converted from a winger to a centre forward, has been Wenger's star asset for many seasons now, but things turned sour when Van Persie announced that he will not be renewing his contract with Arsenal, which runs out next summer.

In the meantime Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been attempting to lure the Dutch international to Old Trafford this summer, and the player is also keen on the move with reports stating that preliminary terms have been agreed. Arsene Wenger however, has other ideas.

Wenger has had two meetings with Van Persie this week and has attempted to convince him to stay showing him future plans. Although Van Persie has been impressed by the signings coming in this summer at The Emirates, he still feels its time to move on.

United's main man Wayne Rooney is also keen on a Van Persie switch to the red side of Manchester. Rooney told the Daily Mail "of course he's a player I admire. He's a fantastic player. He's been amazing at Arsenal for many years. Last season was his best of all, he scored many goals. If he does come here he'd be a great addition to the squad".

It now seems that Wenger is fighting a losing battle with his club captain and it will only be a matter of time before the deal will be completed, if Wenger does not allow him to leave this season, he runs the risk of losing the player on a free next summer and the club will surely look to cash in on the £20 million rated forward.