Van Persie commits his long term future to Arsenal

Robin van Persie has ended speculation about his future by putting pen to paper on a long-term deal with Arsenal which sees him become one of the highest earners at Emirates.

The 25-year-old was the Gunners' top scorer last season with 20 goals in 44 appearances and has been a consistent performer for Arsenal since he joined the club from Feyenoord back in 2004. The Holland international spoke about the deal and hinted he could finish his career at the Emirates.

"I have been at the club for five years now and there really is a great feeling here at Arsenal," van Persie said. "We have a top-class manager, a squad full of superb young players, a world-class stadium and brilliant supporters. Arsenal have a very bright future and I want to be part of it."

The Dutch striker continued: "My heart is with Arsenal and I just can't picture myself in a different shirt. I just can't see it now because I love this club so much."

"If you look at the last five years, look at the steps I have made every season, if you look at the support the boss and the whole club gave me, the fans gave me, my team-mates gave me – this is the right decision."

Van Persie and club captain Cesc Fábregas have spoken about the need for Arsenal to translate their potential into trophies next season leading to speculation that both players were set to jump ship. But van Persie's contract extension will be music to Gunners fans' ears.

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