The Dutchman’s contract runs out in 2013 and would only have one year remaining on his contract this coming August.
The front-man has easily been Arsenal’s best player this season and no doubt the gunners hope to retain his services.
Van Persie told the official Arsenal.com website:
There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear.
There’s nothing complicated or sinister – the Club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.
I need all my focus to be on football – on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have.
If I look down the list, there’s not much time to sit down and think about anything else! For me, this is a time to play football and not speak about personal things. All of my energy needs to go on getting this team where we want it to be this season.
One would think a huge factor in these negotiations would be whether Arsenal secure fourth position to qualify for the Champions League. The Dutchman is world-class and deserves to be playing in Europe’s top competition. At any rate it is crucial that Arsenal retain his services for the good of the club and also to attract other players in the summer.