Van Persie rules out new Arsenal deal
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."
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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....!
just like to thank RVP for his years of service
and wish him all the best for the future.
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?
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.. .
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.
COME ON WENGER, GAZIDIS, ARSENAL. - GET THAT BLOODY CHEQUE BOOK OUT AND SIGN THOSE TOP QUALITY PLAYERS THAT ARSENAL NEED. WE KNOW YOU HAVE THE MONEY SO NOWS THE TIME TO SPEND IT.
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!!!
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!