LONDON (AP) — Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger admits he has taken a major gamble by letting captain and star striker Robin van Persie leave for Manchester United, and says the club could also lose key midfielder Alex Song.
Van Persie joined United on Friday on a four-year contract and a transfer fee estimated by the British media at 24 million pounds ($38 million).
Wenger says “I know it is a massive challenge and a massive gamble I took but we have the quality to deal with the problem we have.”
The Arsenal coach conceded he could also lose midfielder Song, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Asked about Song’s possible exit and new players being signed, Wenger says “both can happen.”