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Monday, September 26, 2011

Van Persie stalls on new contract

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has admitted he will delay any talks of prolonging his contract at the Emirates until the future of the club becomes a little clearer.
The Dutch international scored his 100th goal for the Gunners on Saturday in their 3-0 over Bolton in the Premier League, and has now made 238 appearances for the club.

After a disappointing start to the season, Arsenal lie 12th in the Premier League table, and have only picked up two wins from their opening six fixtures. Those looking at the betting odds will have expected the side to have done better.

After the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, and Samir Nasri to Manchester City in the summer, it has been reported that Van Persie is waiting to see how the club's immediate future unfolds, after a disappointing start to the new season.

The 28-year old was signed by manager Arsene Wenger from Feyenoord in 2004, and has since become one of the leading strikers in Europe. He was appointed captain at the club by the Frenchman this summer, following the departure of Fabregas back to Barcelona. Those following the Betfair odds will know the side have to keep hold of their best players.

The striker's contract does not expire until 2013, however, Wenger will not want to leave contract discussions going into the last year of the contract, to avoid the risk of losing the player on a free transfer once it expires in 2013.

However, Van Persie is not quite ready to discuss any future contract talks just yet.

"I still have almost two years left here, so for the moment that's fine. But I don't know, we will have to look," he said.

"I'm happy with my contract, I'm good. That's how it is, I can't say much more. I can't look into the future."

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