Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said that the club are certainly not in a hurry to take a decision with regard to the future of star striker Robin van Persie. He has also revealed that the Dutchman still has a lot of time in order to make that decision over his future. The 28-year-old star striker is out of contract at the end of next season, which has put a lot of pressure on the club to sign him on a long-term deal. He finished the season as one of the best players in Europe after having scored 40 goals for both club and country in all competitions. Even though he has struggled for form at the Euro 2012, he is expected to be offered a new contract by the club.
It is thought that Arsenal are willing to break their strict wage structure and offer Robin van Persie up to £ 140,000 per week. However, it still will not be enough to match the offer made by the likes of Manchester City and Juventus. It is thought that Italian club Juventus are looking at offering around £ 180,000 per week for the Dutchman, while Manchester City have offered around £ 250,000 per week.
“What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time. We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves. Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements,” said Chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Ivan Gazidis has also said that the club were right to keep their faith in manager Arsene Wenger even after the extremely poor start to the season.