Wednesday 28 June 2017

Van Persie gives Wenger fresh concern

Robin Van Persie of Arsenal celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Bolton. Photo: Getty Images
Robin Van Persie of Arsenal celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Bolton. Photo: Getty Images

Jason Burt

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has said he does not want to discuss signing a new contract at the club, insisting he cannot "look into the future".

Van Persie's current deal runs until 2013 and Arsenal are desperate to avoid a rerun of the situation they experienced this summer with Samir Nasri going into the final 12 months of his contract, allowing him to force his sale to Manchester City.

Van Persie is one of four key players who have less than two years left on their deals -- clubs like to renegotiate in the season before the final year -- with the others being Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Song.

However, the 28-year-old Dutch international is Arsenal's most important asset and manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Van Persie had come to him before the start of the season because he was anxious about the club's future following the departures of Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.

"If you're in Robin's place and you see Nasri going, Fabregas going, then you can be worried, of course," Wenger said.

"We lost Fabregas (to Barcelona) not because of a financial reason but because of an understandable reason, even if it hurts us a lot. You can understand that but the one which is less understandable is Nasri. That was more down to him having one year on his contract."

A repeat of that scenario is unthinkable for Arsenal and there have been suggestions that the club is keen to offer the striker a new five-year deal.

But Van Persie refused to give any encouragement that he is keen to hold talks now. "I still have almost two years until 2013," he said after Saturday's match.

"So, for the moment, that's fine, but I don't know. We will have to look. 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."

Van Persie signed a four-year deal, worth around £70,000-a-week, in 2009 having arrived at Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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