Arsenal to hold van Persie talks on Wednesday

Negotiations between Robin van Persie and Arsenal over a new contract are to begin on Wednesday, the BBC has reported, but the broadcaster warns an agreement is unlikely to be reached before Euro 2012 gets under way.

Van Persie’s current deal ends in 2013 and the striker’s future has been a source of speculation all season. The BBC adds that should talks between the parties break down a number of prestigious sides are interested in capitalising and taking van Persie from the Emirates Stadium after the goal-laden year the 28-year-old has just enjoyed. Van Persie scored 41 goals in 53 games for both Arsenal and the Dutch national team, including 37 in 48 Arsenal games and 30 in the Premier League alone. For his exploits van Persie was named both the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.

Thus far van Persie has been non-committal over his intentions, only stressing after Arsenal’s last game of the season away at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, a fixture the Gunners won to guarantee Champions League football next season, that “whatever happens [I’ll] always love this club.

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