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Arsenal Complete Fourth Signing In A Week

Ivan Gazidis continues his rampage through expiring contracts by tying Robin van Persie to the club on a long term contract

After having a brilliant first injury free season for Arsenal, where the Dutchman racked up 20 goals, fans were worried when such respectable sources like the Sun linked van Persie with a move to Inter Milan, Barcelona, and even Manchester United(Cue me falling off my chair and rolling around the floor in laughter). Despite the rags linking him to a big money move away from N5, van Persie always gave out positive vibes about his contract situation, which was understandably put on the back burner until the summer. Now it is official and Robin has committed his thunderous left foot and more than competent chocolate foot to Arsenal's trophy hunt.

Here's what van Persie had to say:

"I`m so happy to have signed a new long term contract. I`ve been at the Club for five years now and there really is a great feeling here at Arsenal. We have a top class manager, a squad full of superb young players, a world class stadium and brilliant supporters. Arsenal Football Club has a very bright future and I want to be part of it.

'My heart is with Arsenal and I just can`t picture myself in a different shirt. I just can`t see it now because I love this Club so much. If you look at the last five years, look at the steps I have made every season, if you look at the support the Boss and the whole Club gave me, the fans gave me, my team mates gave me - this is the right decision.'

Congrats Robin, and thank you for showing loyalty to the club that gambled on you as a talented, rebel teenager. Here is your chance to become a true legend at this club by achieving the success you crave so much.

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Wednesday July 8 2009
Time: 4:20PM


I must admit, there is a big difference now tho the close season last year. Gazidis must have made a difference here. Just looking at Chelsea at the the moment, it's nice not to be having the same problems at the moment.
08/07/2009 16:32:00
I'm very happy to know that Robin has signed on but I'm even happier to see that he has matured so much!
08/07/2009 16:44:00
It's amazing to see how much RVP has matured this year alone. From being sent off against Stoke for a childish act in November, to wearing the captains armband for Arsenal just three months later.
08/07/2009 16:51:00
I think the club will benefit greatly from the stability Gazidis is bringing to the contracts side. 99% of gooners have been saying that all we need is the existing squad fit, plus a couple of quality and experienced players in key positions, and we will be a massive force next season. I agree that Chavski in particular seem to be struggling to build any sort of team.
08/07/2009 16:59:00
This is great great news!
08/07/2009 17:55:00
For those who don't have ATVO, here are a few more quotes from the exclusive interview: "One of the main reasons I signed was to lift a big trophy. I do not want to do it with a different team. I want to lift it with Arsenal. That is now my main target and it would make me so proud to do it." :),19528,11670_5421470,00.html
08/07/2009 18:12:00
Walcott, Wilshere, Gibbs, Ramsey and now Van Persie all signed up, this bodes very well for the stability of the squad. Lets hope that RVP can stay fit again next year and continues to build on what was a stunning season for him. Thank you Robin.
08/07/2009 19:55:00
Time for him to kick on now from star to superstar. The premiership is looking for its new marquee player now Ronaldo has gone, RVP has all the tools to be that player.
08/07/2009 20:08:00
Exactly, a fit RVP has the potential to really stomp all over the Premiership. Remember that goal against Liverpool, well tasty.
08/07/2009 20:13:00
I'm really pleased with this news. Since he's been with Arsenal he's become not only a great footballer, but a really likeable guy, and from a fan's perspective great to have around. Getting the correct balance of openness and restraint with the media is an often overlooked quality for a footballer or manager, and Robin, like Arsene and gets it perfectly. It may seem trivial but it's important to partially bridge the gap between the team and the supporters whilst not saying anything out of place (Ade, Billy G...). One thing I've noticed with this team compared to our previous ones is that most of our players appear to be very shy off the pitch, although I'd expect youth plays a part in that.
08/07/2009 22:18:00
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