The Dutchman has been in flying form this year since finally overcoming persistent injury troubles and with his contract due to expire in June 2013, speculation is already mounting that The Gunners may have to sell their star striker next summer to avoid loosing him on a Bosman free the year after.
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Hill-Wood believes that this will not be the case and they will honour the strikers wish to delay talks until the end of the season. He told the Daily Star:
He doesn’t want to talk about it at the moment and we are not troubling him. I think we will approach him near the end of the season.
But we obviously hope that he will sign a new contract – I don’t see why he should not. I can’t believe he is unhappy with us.
I think he is a decent fellow. He was quite difficult at Feyenoord, but we have had no trouble with him.
With the Gunners naming Van Persie club captain over the summer after the departure of Fabregas, he has held an enormous weight on his shoulders. Surely he was thinking negatively after the annihilation from United and the derby loss, but with the season looking like its back on track and the youthful side flourishing well, RVP should resign.
The Arsenal board must pull out all the stops to secure his signature even if that means overpaying him and breaking Wenger’s policy of single year contracts for over 30 year olds.