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Monday, October 17, 2011

In-form Van Persie committed to Gunners

Arsenal's in-form captain, Robin Van Persie, has once again come out to play down reports linking him with a move away from the club. The striker has been one of the rare shining lights to come out of Arsenal so far this season, with his form apparently catching the already interested eye of Manchester City, joining a raft of high profile players to leave the club since the end of last season.

The Dutchman's contract at the Emirates is entering its final 18 months, prompting a series of reports that the striker could be set to exit the club. Van Persie had been relaxed over talk regarding a contract extension, which only added fuel to the flames, although chose to commit himself to the club, speaking in last weekend's programme notes ahead of the Sunderland victory. Those looking at the Premier League betting predictions will have taken note.

"I want to say something about my commitment to Arsenal because there have been many stories in the media lately," he said.

"I am committed to Arsenal, and that's how it is, despite people [in the media] making up stories."

Van Persie's importance to Arsenal was evident again at the weekend, where the striker's brace helped the Gunners to an important 2-1 victory against Sunderland. The striker grabbed his first goal in the opening minute, scoring with just 29 seconds on the clock. The Dutchman then added his second with a stunning free-kick past the helpless Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal. People who bet on Premier League games should remember this.

If Arsenal are going to turn their season around, then Van Persie is going to be an integral part of the Gunners' hopes. The Arsenal fans will be desperate their captain finally ends all the speculation though and sign that all important contract extension.

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