Wenger on Van Persie 'regret'

Manager Arsene Wenger admits "regret" that Arsenal have sold striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United but feels people need to be "realistic" about the transfer.

The Frenchman believes he has replacements in new forwards Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and asks his players to become "even more of a team" in order to compensate for the loss of a "world-class" player.

Arsenal begin their Premier League season on Saturday with a home game against Sunderland.

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