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RVP could leave, admits Wenger

Arsene Wenger has admitted that his team captain, Robin Van Persie, could desert Arsenal this season if he isn’t offered a significantly improved contract.

Van Persie starred in Arsenal's win against Sunderland.
Van Persie starred in Arsenal's win against Sunderland.
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IN THE SAME way that Arsenal’s current season has been defined by the summertime loss of the club’s two most influential talents– those of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri– so, it appears, might next season come to be viewed through the lens of another transfer saga.

The club’s current captain, Robin Van Persie, has less than a year remaining on his current contract and appears reluctant to agree new terms.

Speaking about the status of the Dutch international’s ongoing contract negotiations, manager Arsène Wenger conceded that, when it comes to these matters, “the ideal situation does not often exist.”

According to the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson, the Frenchman went on to explain that it remains the club’s hope that Van Persie will agree to extend his stay at the Emirates stadium. In the meantime, however, his commitment is not to be doubted.

“For me commitment is not how long you are at the club, it is as long as you are there you give 100 per cent until the last day of your contract… The most important is what you do today and how much you are committed for the cause as long as you are at the club. Many people questioned his leadership qualities but I believe that he is completely committed for the cause on a daily basis.”

Van Persie is believed to earn approximately £80,000 per week under his current wage agreement, a figure Manchester City are rumoured to be willing to double.

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