Posted on Saturday, 12th May 2012 by Tony Merakli
The Dutch striker has netted an impressive 36 goals in 45 appearances for the Gunners so far this season, and looks set to bag the Premier League golden boot, having scored 30 goals with one game left to spare.
But the 28-year-old has yet to sign a new deal at the club, with just over a year left to run on his existing deal, leaving the Arsenal faithful, as well as Arsene Wenger, very, very anxious.
However, Van der Kraan, who admits he speaks to Van Persie on a regular basis, insists the Dutch international has no desire to leave Arsenal but wants assurances from the club.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s ‘Kick Off’ show recently, Van der Kraan said:
‘I think the key part of all the discussions around Robin van Persie is going to be – what is the team and the manager going to do? Which players are coming in and maybe it is significant for the first time that players are arriving early at Arsenal for the new season.
‘Last season I think was probably the most frustrating summer for Robin.
‘I know him well. I speak to him regularly and I think in everyway Robin is happy in England and in London. He probably said the same thing, I wasn’t at the Football Writers dinner, but he loves where he lives in the middle of London. There is no reason to leave, he loves the club. He tells me so many times that he feels like a real Gunner, and to me there was no warning signal in that speech which I heard about, about him leaving the club.
‘But I do think it’s going to be really vital which players are coming in at Arsenal this summer.’
For me, this is great to hear and has given me hope that Robin WILL in fact sign a new deal at the end of the season, depending of course on who Wenger manages to bring in this summer. Lukas Podolski is a fantastic start, but more signings will be required.
For now though we should all focus on tomorrow’s game, bag the three points and claim third spot. If this is done then it will surely persuade and play a part in Robin’s decision to commit his long-term future to Arsenal, a club he loves!
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