Robin van Persie will not extend Arsenal contract

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has announced that he will not sign an extension to his contract at the London club, which has a year left to run.

In a statement on his website, he said:

"I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions."

He added:

"My goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.

"Out of my huge respect for Mr. Wenger, the players and the fans I don’t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward."