Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:44:12 GMT | By AP

Van Persie says he won't renew contract with Arsenal

London: Robin van Persie's Arsenal career appears to be over after the Dutch forward announced Wednesday he will not be extending his contract with the Gunners.


Van Persie says he won't renew contract with Arsenal

"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," Van Persie wrote on his website. "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

Van Persie, who scored 37 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, said he held talks about his future with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and manager Arsene Wenger before the European Championship.

Arsenal has not won any titles since the 2005 FA Cup and has not finished first in the league since 2004..

"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," the 28-year-old said.

Van Persie said more meetings were planned with Arsenal once Gazidis returns from a vacation in the United States. A number of the continent's top teams are through to be interested in signing Van Persie, including English champion Manchester City and Italian champion Juventus.

Van Persie carried Arsenal for large chunks of last season, scoring a Premier League-high 30 goals to help the Gunners qualify for the Champions League. However, he had a poor European Championship by his high standards, scoring one goal as the Netherlands exited at the group stage.

Perhaps with the departure of Van Persie in mind, Wenger has signed forwards Olivier Giroud from Montpellier and Lukas Podolski from Cologne since the end of the season. Wenger must decide whether to cash in this summer on his captain and sole world-class player or risk losing him for nothing when Van Persie's contract expires at the end of next season.

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