Arsenal's Robin van Persie puts contract talks on hold

The Gunners' Dutch skipper has paused any potential negotiations about a new deal until the end of the season as he believes playing football for the club is more important

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has put any upcoming contract negotiations on hold until the end of the season, as he wants to remain focused on playing football.

The Premier League’s leading goalscorer has about a year left to run on his current deal before it expires, which has led to speculation surrounding his future with the club.

The Netherlands international wrote in the club’s official matchday program: “There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear.

"There’s nothing complicated or sinister - the Club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.

“I need all my focus to be on football - on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have.

"If I look down the list, there’s not much time to sit down and think about anything else! For me, this is a time to play football and not speak about personal things.

“All of my energy needs to go on getting this team where we want it to be this season.”

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