Saturday, July 14, 2012
By Sami Mokbel
Arsenal will head into next week's make-or-break talks with Robin van Persie hopeful the contract rebel is ready to perform a Wayne Rooney-style U-turn.
The Gunners skipper stunned the club earlier this month with a damning statement questioning the club's ambition whilst confirming his intention not to sign a new contract.
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Van Persie is due to return to pre-season training next week and manager Arsene Wenger will take the opportunity to hold a heart-to-heart with his talisman in hope that he can persuade the 28-year-old to change his mind
And a well-placed Arsenal source has told Sportsmail that the club are still 'very hopeful' of securing the long term future of Van Persie.
Members of the Gunners hierarchy feel Van Persie's controversial statement was merely a ploy by the forward's agent Kees Vos to secure his client a better deal - reminiscent of Rooney's contract stand-off with Manchester United in 2010.
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If Arsenal fail in their attempts, Wenger will sanction the immediate sale of Van Persie in order to have enough time to reinvest the money from the Holland international's sale.
Whether Arsenal's hopes have some substance remain to be seen, nevertheless the club are still doing all they can to convince their star man to sign a new deal.
Van Persie wants to be sure the club will sign the quality of player that will help propel Wenger's side into genuine challengers for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
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