Van Persie expected on Arsenal's Asia tour

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Robin van Persie is now expected to travel to Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia as the club stand firm in their attempts to keep the striker, according to the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old's involvement in the Gunners' trip to Malaysia, China and Hong Kong was doubtful due to Holland's involvement at Euro 2012 this summer.

But, after the Dutch crashed out of the major finals in Poland and Ukraine, Van Persie will now be ordered to link-up with the rest of Arsene Wenger's first-team squad ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

All players must report back for training in north London during the first week of July, apart from those still involved in the latter stages of the European Championships.

With the Premier League club kicking off their Asia tour against a Malaysia XI on July 24, there is much speculation surrounding Van Persie, with regards to whether or not Arsenal's leading marksman will feature.

In a recent interview with the Italian media, Wenger was quick to highlight his belief that the skipper would still be at the Emirates Stadium next season, but the talisman's long-term future still remains unclear.

Despite being offered a lucrative three-year contract offer to make Van Persie the highest paid player in Arsenal's history - including a £5million signing on fee - the forward is yet to put pen to paper, as he considers all of his options in the last 12 months of his current deal.

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