Robin Van Persie to snub new contract offer at Arsenal



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor



Arsenal captain Van Persie scored for his country Holland against Germany at Euro 2012 during the summer tournament last month in Poland & Ukraine


After weeks of negotiating, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has announced for the benefit of the club's supporters that he will not be signing a new contract at the club.

The 28-year-old, who has a year left on his current deal, confirmed that he had met with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis but he revealed that they disagree on the way the club should move forward.

"I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract," the Dutchman wrote on his personal website.

It is not yet clear whether the Gunners captain Van Persie, who scored 41 goals in 53 games for club and country last season, will see out the remainder of his contract or seek a move away from the Emirates this summer. 

The Dutch international added that there would be further meetings once Gazidis returns from a two-week holiday in America and that he would provide updates "if and when there are more developments".

Referring to his 16th May meeting with manager Wenger and chief executive Gazidis, Van Persie said: "This was a meeting about the club's future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

"I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don't want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward."

Van Persie, who joined from Feyenoord for £2.75 million in 2004, said his statement was a neccessity because of the abundance of media speculation regarding his future.

"I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens," he added. "I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all [and more] on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years."  

Manchester City are now on red alert and will now prepare their bid to prise him away from the Emiates Stadium having said to be a top target of boss Roberto Mancini's after their Premier League title win. While Serie A champions Juventus and La Liga runners-up Barcelona are also interested in the Dutchman's services. Van Persie is the latest big-name player to quit Arsenal in their quest for silverware following Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor in recent years.


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