Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Arsenal Captain Robin van Persie will open talks to determine his future at a meeting with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday with discussions scheduled to take place at Wenger's house.

It is yet to be seen if a final decision will be made before Van Persie links up with the Holland squad on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who has a year left on his contract, ended the season with 41 goals in 53 games for club and country.

Of that tally, 37 came in 48 appearances for Arsenal and he was the Premier League's leading marksman with 30 goals in 38 matches.

A number of leading sides have registered interest in signing the Gunners captain, who was named Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' player of the year. 

Van Persie was unwilling to open negotiations until the campaign had ended, with Champions League football a key consideration.

Another factor is Arsenal's transfer market activity, and the dutch man has been encouraged by the signing of Lucas Podolski from FC Cologne for £10.9m. 

Arsenal are expected to offer the Dutchman a new four-year deal that would break their current wage structure, while Van Persie and his family are happy in London.

But, with the Netherlands assembling for a pre-Euro 2012 training camp in Switzerland on 17 May, there is little time to reach an agreement with Van Persie open to the idea of playing in the tournament before making a decision.

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