Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Robin van Persie is yet to discuss a new deal with the club, despite having just 18 months on his current deal.
The Dutch striker, who struck twice against Sunderland on Sunday, has been at the centre of speculation surrounding his future since rumours emerged that he wasn't ready to discuss terms on a new deal.
Van Persie, the new Arsenal captain, has developed a pivotal role at the club since the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and his sale would be considered as the final nail in the coffin for the club.
“Unfortunately the ideal situation in football does not exist often," Wenger said. "The ideal situation is that he extends his contract but if he doesn’t you have to respect that.
“He knows that we are ready to talk about it but the most important thing is today and how much you are committed to the cause as long as you are at the club.”
Van Persie spoke after the victory over the Black Cats to dispel the myth that he will be leaving Arsenal in the near future an that putting his house up for sale means he's confirmed his departure.
“The house has been for sale for a while, but I’m not living on the streets or anything. I have found a really nice house, and yes, it’s in London.
“I am committed to Arsenal. I am the captain. This is my eighth year. If you can say of one player that he’s committed, it’s me.”