Date: 4th July 2012 at 10:00pm
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Arsenal and Holland talisman Robin Van Persie has announced via his personal website that he will not sign a new contract with the North London club…

Manchester City have long been linked with the 28 year old Premier League hotshot and scrutiny over the English Champions raiding The Arsenal for another star player will only intensify following Van Persie’s stunning statement. Here is an extract:

‘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 it’s 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. I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract…’

As City’s stock has steadily risen, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have all left Arsenal for The Citizens who continue to scale the dizzying heights of realising the FA Cup, The Premier League title and Champions League football under the cunning leadership of Roberto Mancini.

The vastly experienced Van Persie could well be the next and has a Tévez-Agueroesque strike rate. The Dutchman has scored a whopping 132 Arsenal goals in 281 appearances since signing from Feyenoord 8 years ago.

Arsenal have responded by announcing that they expect the player to play out one final season at The Emirates:

“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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