Arsenal's Robin van Persie wants guarantees before signing a contract

30 January 2009 10:14
According to the Express

, the 25-year-old, whose midweek goal saved Arsenal from defeat against Everton, has told the club he needs some guarantees that they will do everything in their power to strengthen the squad and maintain their position as Premier League and European challengers.

Van Persie has 18 months remaining on his current contract, and a deal had been expected to have been sorted in November but negotiations were postponed amid a club boardroom reshuffle. At the time he was said to have been offered £65,000-a-week until 2013.

However, owing to the form he has found in the last two months, circumstances surrounding the details of the contract have changed and the Dutchman is understood to want to join the top earners at Arsenal on £80,000.

Van Persie is not the only concern Arsenal have in terms of contract expiration. Talks with Theo Walcott also came to a halt at the end of the year, and reports over Christmas suggested the 19-year-old was becoming more and more frustrated with the club's lack of action.

However, Arsene Wenger recently said he was confident of Walcott's long-term future being resolved soon. "We will sort that [his contract] out," he told the club's website. "We are in negotiations. He wants to stay and we want him to stay, so we should find an agreement."

Walcott is expected to make his return at the end of February having been out of action since November after dislocating his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are said to be preparing one more bid to land Kolo Toure from Arsenal. Mark Hughes has already had an £8 million offer rejected but Wenger could change his mind if Micah Richards was part of the deal.

Source: Telegraph