Van Persie closer to Arsenal door


Soccer:Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has announced he will not be renewing his contract, which is due to expire next summer, paving the way for a transfer from the Emirates this summer.

The striker said today he arrived at the decision after fundamentally disagreeing with manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis over the direction of the club. It is almost certain to spell the end of his Arsenal career this summer, otherwise the Gunners risk losing him on a free transfer this time next year.

"As announced earlier this year, I had a meeting with the boss [Wenger] and Mr Gazidis after the season," said Van Persie today. "This was a meeting about the club's future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

"I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don't want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.