Van Persie takes his time over Arsenal deal

London: Arsenal fans were given fresh cause for concern on Monday when it emerged that captain Robin van Persie is stalling over signing a new contract.

The 28-year-old Dutch striker netted his 100th Arsenal goal in Saturday`s 3-0 victory at home to Bolton as the Gunners recorded just their second victory of what is proving to be a difficult campaign.

However, van Persie is believed to be concerned about the club`s future following the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and has sought assurances from coach Arsene Wenger that Arsenal`s ambition remains intact.

Nasri joined Manchester City last month after electing not to extend his contract.

Wenger could face a similar problem with van Persie, whose contract expires in 2013 and who revealed on Monday that talks over a possible extension were at the back of his mind.

"Maybe I`ll leave it (holding talks) because the main thing for me is the team and that we play well," van Persie was reported as saying in a number of national newspapers.

"I do believe you have to look for a right moment to sit down and speak about your own stuff.

"It`s not only about me, it`s about the team. We are not talking now because we are so busy -- we have games every three or four days.

"I don`t think it`s clever to do that during the season."

He added: "I still have almost two years left here, so for the moment that`s fine. But I don`t know, we will have to look.”

"I`m happy with my contract, I`m good. That`s how it is, I can`t say much more. I can`t look into the future."

Bureau Report

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