Updated: 05/07/2012 06:32 | By pa.press.net

Van Persie rules out new Arsenal deal

Robin van Persie announces he will not sign a new contract with the Gunners

Robin van Persie announces he will not sign a new contract with the Gunners

Arsenal have received the news they have been dreading, with captain Robin van Persie confirming on his official website he would not be signing a new deal with the club.

Van Persie, 28, has been the Gunners' standout player in recent years and at times carried the side last season, scoring 30 Barclays Premier League goals. His current deal runs out at the end of the 2012-13 season and he has been strongly linked with the likes of Manchester City and Italian champions Juventus.

In an open letter to fans on his website, www.robinvanpersie.com, he wrote: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

Van Persie confirmed he had met with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season to discuss his future but, in a worrying development for fans of the club, indicated he did not receive the answers he was looking for.

The Dutchman, who signed for the London club in 2004 from Feyenoord, has won just one major trophy with Arsenal - the FA Cup in 2005. He cited a desire for silverware as his primary motive for deciding to leave the Emirates and will surely attract offers from a host of top European clubs.

Van Persie wrote: "This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what's really going on at the moment.

"As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. 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 should move forward."

Arsenal later issued a short statement on their official website which read: "We have to respect Robin's decision not to renew his contract.

"Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the club. We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal's best interests in mind."

04/07/2012 21:21

Mixed feelings here really...love the club love the guy but I can see both sides TBH! He is nearing the end of his career and hs won nothing! last season was a freak and I doubt he will ever repeat this!

I wish him good luck but hope its not about money...if its about trophies then I can understand that!

All things come to an end in life and all players go...Tony Adams..Denis Bergkamp...Vieira and the mighty Henry Liam Brady also...all in my book were more important in Arsenals history but no sour grapes here I genuinely wish the guy well...its like a relationship ending you haveto accept it and let go look back on the good times and move on and wish each other happiness in future...thx RVP you will be mised but then all great players and managers are...part of me still longs for th George Graham era when we were boring but grafted and knew how to win but I also respect professor Wengers methods too....!

04/07/2012 19:57
Why oh why do all you people choose to slate someone that wants to achieve something? In your personal life, if you had a job and after 8 years of not really going anywhere were told that things weren't going to change I'm sure you'd all choose to move on, only difference is that being a pro footballer, he must be doing it just for the money or whatever other reason you can come up with. Give the guy a break, ok the club stuck by him through all his injuries but when he was fit he was always reliable, even when he didn't carry the burden of being the only man that could save Arsenal he would perform and deliver the goods when necessary, but now that the club relies on him to keep them going he is a traitor for leaving, if they still had Fabregas there wouldn't be all of this negativity because you wouldn't be losing your saviour, leave him be, if he wants to leave you should be thanking him  for the memories and wishing him good luck
04/07/2012 18:23

just like to thank RVP for his years of service

and wish him all the best for the future.


04/07/2012 19:58
Star player of the Premier League last year, no doubt. Even though not a Arsenal fan, great player to watch . Arsenal have sold Fabregas, Henry, Nasri in the last few seasons and have replaced and built a good team. Obviously the frustration for fans is lack of a trophy. I would trust no one but Wenger to produce another good entertaining footballing side, he has attracted great players and no doubt will do so in future. As mentioned worrying thing maybe an exodus prior to the Premier League start.
04/07/2012 18:22
This would of been the end of the world for Arsenal if this had happened last season. We all know Arsenal would of been in a relegation battle had it not been for RVP. Having said that, I don't think this will be a massive problem for the Goons this year. AW allready saw this coming and has strengthened his attack by signing Podolski and Giroud, as a spurs fan I am going to refrain from any exodus talk like they have done to us as soon as Harry left. I think most intelligent Arsenal fans recognise that they probably got the best season out of RVP last year and he is unlikely to replicate that form again. Arsenal need to move on, which I am sure they will
04/07/2012 21:36

Why all the spite people? Ok he wants to leave you, maybe for money, maybe for silverware. He has done well for you down the years and you have all cheered his name, why not give thanks, he will give thanks to you.

Anyway Giroud or whoever you replace him with might just be better so then who will be laughing loudest?

04/07/2012 22:10
LOYALTY can anyone explain the word to me, only it seems to be missing in the footballers dictionarys these days
04/07/2012 20:05
 The writing was on the wall... they bought Podolski and Giroud and there wasn`t the room, just let him go.. we will have to with Luca Modric, it isn`t a problem gooners, they just want a fresh challenge, there is no loyalty in football.
04/07/2012 19:48

It will probably turn out for the best.....It cannot go on  relying on one player all the time.........I have been a gooner for over 70 years........and  I have seen players come and go......More will come more will go.......So what....The Board/Manager must deal with it........Like always.........The new stadium has been an albertross...for a while ...but that is now been sorted.......I have seen The Arsenal.. in Europe for fifteen years on the trot  Jeeze thats a record on it's own.......won a few things along the way here in the UK....Unbeaten for a season........New stadium.......What the frick have we to worry about.....


Many clubs would have been over the moon with our record...especially the spuds.........I say keep the faith.....Persie can go......along will come another striker.....Plus Arsene may  have to do something different  different .......My worry who is going to replace Pat Rice.......He is a true Gunners  legend..  .

04/07/2012 18:48
£2.75 mil!  more than got our monies worth. Thank you RVP. Time for both player and club to move on.
04/07/2012 19:36
Glad really. Very rare do they have two seasons as good. time to move on and cash in on some money, which Arsenal are certainly good at.
04/07/2012 18:21
not good for arsenal fans another top player leaving for pastures new ,money is a big factor ,but also the passion to win titles and trophies in what is a short life  at the top ,certainly cant be ruled out in van persies decision
04/07/2012 21:53

Once again everyone is missing the point. I might be a massive gooner but I can also see the reality of it all. RVP is not leaving for the money. Arsenal are a massive club but what have we won in the last 7 / 8 seasons..... sweet FA. We should be winning at least one trouble every season. We lose to the likes of Blackburn, Stoke etc. in the premiership and are not good enough to win the champions league. RVP wants to win trophies and I don't blame him. I can see exactly how the meeting went


AW - well Robin, how can we keep you at Arsenal?

RVP - By winning at least one trophy this season and I mean the title or champions league.

AW - and how can we guarantee that?

RVP - By buying 1 good goalkeeper, 1 possibly 2 top central defenders and 1 more top quality attackers.

AW - Sorry, RVP but we will not spend that sort of money.

RVP - That's the answer I was expecting. Arsenal will not win anything so I'm off whether someone buys me now or I go on a free at the end of the season.



04/07/2012 18:27
Well, despite me being a Man U fan, I'm sad to read this, RVP is a player that shall be sorely missed, I never really expected this, thought his loyalty would hold, but if the club are not matching his ambition then so be it, you can't knock the bloke for that, he's been loyal for so long and could have moved on any time he liked but at some stage you have to say enough is enough. A player of RVP's quality should never have to be content with hoping to qualify for the Champions League, he should be expecting to win it and the domestic league that he plays in. He has clearly outgrown Arsenal, maybe now, Wenger will ditch the policy of a squad of kids that will win something in 10 years and realise that his club will fall to pieces if he can't get back to delivering silverware.
On another note, I would say sell RVP and spend the money on bringing someone in that could transform the team, don't let him go for nothing, make the most of the opportunity to rebuild knowing you're losing your last world beater of a player, loosen the purse strings Wenger
I am not an Arsenal, supporter, but the news that Van Persie, will not be signing another contract with the club comes as no real surprise. I think Arsenal, are well shot of this very disloyal player. I expect he will sign for Man City, for a huge salary. Only last night when another poster told us of a huge investment in Spurs, by Qatar, I said: Spurs, supporters should not jump for joy at having shed loads of arab money to spend. Frankly, I would sooner give my support to someone like : David Moynes, who puts together teams on a shoe string budget. Moynes, has a team with more integrity, than the cash laden teams, who just reach for the cheque book.
04/07/2012 21:03

Sorry Ray can't agree with you there mate!

Why is it another season of crap?

A top 4 finish and CL qualification is not a crap season, I'd take that any day over winning the Carling Cup or the FA Cup!  If Kenny Dalglish had realised this he might very well still be in a job at Anfield!!!

04/07/2012 19:50
Cometh the hour cometh the man, and I am sure The French Wizard Wenger will ride the storm and come out victorious. He has already got replacements and if they get a decent price for RVP, they may buy some more quality in. Arsenal fans should calm down and control their hysteria, Wenger is sitting quietly smoking a French cigarette and reasoning. Sure, many will shed a tear at RVP leaving but it isn't the end of the world. Dry your eyes, Arsenal fans.
04/07/2012 22:21

Sad that he doesn't want to stay but at the end of the day Arsenal need to get there moneys worth out of him by either selling him for a good price now or keeping him and hope that he has a good season again then let him go. Thing is, he'll probably not have another good season like the last one and will probably get injured again like all the seasons before that.

might be better to just sell him and use the money to buy some other top class player/s and not some crap like we have before!

04/07/2012 21:05
Its what Arsenal needed, clarification. Now do you prefer to use him next season, maybe grab a trophy and qualify for CL or sell him 15-20 million now, bring in a new face and still might get a trophy and qualify for CL. He is a good player and i still believe he likes the club and Wenger but its becoming a disruption to proceedings. If it was up to me i'd sell up and replace, there are good strikers out there for that money who won't be injured half the season and won't hold your club to ransom.
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