Robin Van Persie's commitment to the Arsenal cause was encapsulated by his performance in Sunday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland.

The Dutch striker led by example, putting the Gunners in front after just 29 seconds, and later restoring their lead with a stunning free-kick in the closing stages.

After intense media speculation questioning the 28-year-old's north London future, Van Persie took to his programme notes to reaffirm his allegiance to Arsenal football club, and made a statement of intent on the pitch with his match-winning display.

"I had seen loads of comments about a story like that," confirmed the club captain. "I thought after one or two days it would go away, but it didn't so I felt it was time to explain things and I did that.

"I'm committed. This is my eighth year. If you can say of one player that he's committed, it's me."


With his current contract set to expire in June 2013, Van Persie's lack of urgency to open talks over a new deal has sparked suggestions that he could follow former teammates Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri out of the Emirates Stadium door.

But speaking after yesterday's vital victory, Arsene Wenger quashed those claims, and reserved praise for his star player for his recent showing, which the Frenchman says proves the player's unwavering desire to succeed at Arsenal.

"It depends what you call commitment," he explained. "For me commitment is not about how long you are at a club.

"People speak about the length of contracts but what you want from a player, as long as he is at the club, is to give absolutely 100 per cent.

"On that front you cannot fault Robin. He is committed, every day he is focused in training, and I am pleased that he got two goals again."

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