ARSENE WENGER insists he will NOT buy another striker to replace Robin van Persie.

Wenger: We have already replaced Van Persie

The Arsenal boss flogged Dutch ace Van Persie to Manchester United for £22million yesterday.

But he claims the Gunners already have his replacement in new signings Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.

Wenger said: “Giroud and Podolski were originally intended to offset the departure of Van Persie.”

The Frenchman admits Arsenal were left with no other option but to sell their captain.

He added: “It’s never great to lose players of that quality but he only had a year contract so we do not have a choice.

“He is at Manchester United, unfortunately for us. The transfer was finalised in the afternoon.”