Robin van Persie still undecided, Arsenal might lose its best player of the season


Striker Robin van Persie will have a meeting with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday and the talks are expected to determine his Arsenal future. The meeting will take place at Wenger's house at 10:30 BST.

However, it is highly unlikely that a final decision will be made at that meeting. Moreover, Van Persie will link up with the Netherlands squad on Thursday in order to prepare the European Championship.

Van Persie has a year left on his contract and this season has probably been his best at Arsenal so far, with 37 goals in 48 appearances for the Gunners. He also was the Premier League's leading marksman with 30 goals in 38 matches.

A number of big European sides have registered interest in signing him and the striker might be looking for a new challenge after spending quite a few seasons at Arsenal. Van Persie was signed from Feyenoord for £2.75m in 2004.

Speaking after Sunday's 3-2 victory at West Brom, Van Persie did leave plenty of room for doubt. He was asked about his future at Arsenal, and his reply was: "You never know but Arsenal is a massive club. Whatever happens, I'll always love this club. I have been playing here for eight years and I love this club. Whatever happens that will never change. We will sit down next week."

Van Persie would probably be willing to remain at the club if the squad would be strong enough to challenge for some important silverware. Part of that concern was solved through the signing of striker Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne for £10.9m. But Arsenal would probably need more than that to build a squad that would be capable to win the Premier League or the Champions League.

Arsenal are expected to offer the Dutchman a new four-year deal with an improved wage. Another factor in favour of that new deal is that Van Persie and his family are happy in London. Arsenal need a fairly quick decision though because they surely do not want a repeat of last summer, when Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were sold after the season had started, leaving two big empty spots in the squad.

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