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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Arsenal hopeful on Van Persie deal

Arsenal have admitted that they do not expect to speak to hold contract talks with Robin Van Persie until the summer, but have maintained their confidence that he will stay with the club.

The Dutchman – who has emerged as Arsenal’s most important player this year – has a contract until 2013 at the moment, although with rumours of his departure, the club are keen to extend it.

However, those who bet money on Premier League football note how Van Persie has said that he doesn’t want to discuss the issue until the end of the season, perhaps giving him time to assess whether he wants to finish his playing career at Arsenal or not.

Chairman Peter Hill-Wood explained: “He doesn't want to talk about it and we're not troubling him. We'll approach him near the end of the season.”

“We hope he will sign a new contract - I don't see why he should not. He was quite difficult at Feyenoord, but we have had no trouble with him. I can't believe he is unhappy with us.”

Considering how important Van Persie is to the club right now – he is the captain and leading scorer – Arsenal are prepared to be patient in terms of a new deal.

They should perhaps use it as motivation to be in a promising position in the summer, thus making it easier for the 28-year-old to commit his future for the club.

After the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the last thing the Gunners need is to lose Van Persie too. Hopefully, they will have a successful season, perhaps win some silverware and then the Dutch international will commit.

He will certainly be in action this weekend against Norwich as Arsenal look to continue their improved run of form. Going into Saturday lunchtime’s clash at Carrow Road, Arsene Wenger’s men have won five domestic games in a row.

Those looking at football betting tips note how this has helped them move up to 7th in the Premier League table and they will be hoping for further progression this weekend with three valuable points.

With a Champions League game to follow on Wednesday, Wenger would like a trouble free 90 minutes, perhaps with the game won in plenty of time so he can rest a few players, including talisman Van Persie.

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