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Robin van Persie finally pens new Arsenal deal

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Robin van Persie has ended speculation on his future by signing a new long-term contract with Arsenal, which is reported to be worth around £80,000-a-week.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but he immediately dismissed the reports.

And he has now backed that up by committing his future to the North London club.

Van Persie told the club's official website: "My heart is with Arsenal and I just can't picture myself in a different shirt.

"I just can't see it now because I love this club so much.

"If you look at the last five years, look at the steps I have made every season, if you look at the support the boss and the whole club gave me, the fans gave me, my team-mates gave me - this is the right decision.

"I have been at the club for five years now and there really is a great feeling here at Arsenal.

"We have a top-class manager, a squad full of superb young players, a world-class stadium and brilliant supporters.

"Arsenal have a very bright future and I want to be part of it."

Gunners boss Arsène Wenger added: "It's fantastic news that Robin van Persie has committed his long-term future to Arsenal. We are all delighted.

"Robin is a hugely gifted player and has the talent and goalscoring ability to win matches at the very top level.

"We have already seen many times what Robin is capable of on a football pitch, but at only 25, there is still much more to come from him. Robin has the potential to become a true Arsenal great."

Van Persie joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 and has made 177 appearances in total, scoring 63 goals.

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