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."