Updated: Friday, 3rd July 2020 @ 7:20am

No win, no Robin: Manchester City on alert as Arsenal captain Van Persie blames departure on lack of silverware

No win, no Robin: Manchester City on alert as Arsenal captain Van Persie blames departure on lack of silverware

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City are on the alert after Arsenal captain Robin van Persie revealed he would not be extending his contract today.

The 28-year-old Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move away from the Gunners after another unfruitful season, and the Premier League champions are in pursuit.

Last season’s top-scorer (30) is out-of-contract at the end of next season and is likely to be sold before then in order to not leave on a free transfer.

Van Persie said: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."

The striker said he had met with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis at the end of last season to discuss his future but claimed he did not get the answers he was looking for.

Van Persie joined the Londoners from Feyenoord in 2004 and has won just one major trophy with Arsenal – the FA Cup in 2005.

He declared a desire for silverware as his primary motive for deciding to leave the Emirates.

He added: "This is an update for the fans about my current situation.

“I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what's really going on at the moment.

"As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season.

“This was a meeting about the club's future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.

"I personally have had a great season but 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 should move forward."

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