Gunners fear as landmark striker clouds future

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Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has declared he is not looking to sign a new contract at The Emirates Stadium in the near future.

The Dutch striker, who scored his 100th Gunners goal against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, has just over 18 months on his current deal which expires in 2013.

Arsenal lost Samir Nasri in the last season of his contract, and want to avoid a similar situation which saw the Frenchman's head turned by Manchester City.

“If you’re in Robin’s place and you see Nasri going, Fabregas going, then you can be worried, of course,” Wenger said.

“Robin is 28 years old, arrived at 21 or 22 and we will not lose all the players. We lost Fabregas [to Barcelona] not because of a financial reason but because of an understandable reason even if it hurts us a lot.

After becoming the 17th Arsenal player to score 100 goal, Van Persie said: “I still have almost two years until 2013,” he said after scoring twice in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Bolton Wanderers, taking his tally for the club to the century mark.


“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.”

“Maybe leave it because the main thing for me is the team and that we play well,” he added. “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. I don’t want to give the wrong message to speak about my own stuff while the others are a bit more important, especially now. I can’t see we are 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. We have to see, I don’t know.”

Van Persie arrived at Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004, and has ably filled the void left by Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor, becoming the club's No.1 marksman ahead of Marouane Chamakh.

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