Lehmann backs Wenger over Van Persie

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has every confidence Arsene Wenger will once again prove himself the master tactician as the club look to tie down the future of captain Robin van Persie one way or another.

Van Persie, who netted 30 times in the league last term, still has a year left on his current deal, but talks over an extension have so far not been concluded. The Dutchman is now likely to delay any formal decision until after the European Championships, with several top clubs across Europe said to be prepared to offer lucrative terms to tempt him away.

The striker turns 29 in early August, and so the next contract he signs could well be his last. Lehmann, who was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/2004 and made 200 appearances for the Gunners, said: "Robin is now 28 and this will be his last big contract. He (Wenger) has to consider everything,"

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