Hill-Wood calm over RVP future

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insists the club are not worried by the fact that captain Robin Van Persie is in no rush to discuss a new contract.

The 28-year-old Dutchman is entering the final 18 months of his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, and has already stated he is not thinking about discussions over an extension.

Van Persie has been in fine form for the Gunners this term, with 11 goals in as many Barclays Premier League games - with his performances said to have attracted attention from a host of European clubs, who continue to monitor the situation.

But Hill-Wood is adamant that Arsenal have no concerns over their star striker's stance, and says they will address the matter at the end of the campaign.

"He doesn't want to talk about it at the moment and we are not troubling him," he told the Daily Star. "I think we will approach him near the end of the season.

"But we obviously hope that he will sign a new contract - I don't see why he should not. I can't believe he is unhappy with us."

Van Persie's form extends further afield than the current campaign, for the Gunners skipper has dazzled throughout the entire calendar year, scoring 29 goals in his last 28 Barclays Premier League matches.

His excellent performances have commanded widespread praise, and Mikel Arteta, who arrived in north London on transfer deadline day, already knows he has played with few better players than Van Persie.

"He is up there with the best three or four players I have ever played with a natural talent," he confirmed. "There is no effort when he plays.

"He scores goals and plays beautifully, [and] as a captain he is a really nice person who tries to help people. We are pleased we have got him."

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