Speculation was rife in certain sections of the media that the 27-goal striker was Camp Nou-bound this summer but the Dutchman argued that his being pictured at the team's lodgings was innocent.
Van Persie said in Arsenal's matchday programme: “The explanation is really very simple. My very good friend Ibrahim Afellay plays for Barcelona.
“After a bad long-term injury he was finally back with the team - and during his absence I had been in contact with him a lot, but I hadn’t seen him. This was an opportunity for me to go and visit a close friend, show him my support and catch up.
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Van Persie was also quick to inform fans that his thoughts on his future had not changed in recent weeks and that he will review his future in the summer.
“The visit to the hotel was a social one and had nothing to do with the future of my career,” insisted the captain.
“I do have a social life next to football, even if my wife tells me that it sometimes doesn’t seem that way! Nothing has changed in the sense that my intention remains to discuss my future in the summer.”
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