RVP seeks swift resolution
Arsenal have confirmed that Robin van Persie is looking to settle his future "as soon as possible" after returning to training.
Van Persie has returned to the Gunners for the first time since issuing a statement confirming that, after holding talks over the direction of the club prior to Euro 2012, he has decided not to sign an extension to his existing contract, which has entered its final year.
Arsene Wenger had earlier indicated that he did not wish for a repeat of last summer's transfer window, when the protracted departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri resulted in a spate of late deals, and it appears Van Persie is of a similar mind.
A club spokesman said in the Sun newspaper: "Robin returned to training on Monday as expected and made it clear he wants to sit down and resolve the matter of his future, either way, as soon as possible. No date has yet been agreed for that meeting."
Van Persie has not been included in the club's new online catalogue, and Sun columnist Ian Wright believes there is little prospect the Dutchman will agree to extend his stay in North London.
"I really hope Arsenal and Van Persie can resolve this situation and that he will end up staying, but I cannot see this happening," the former Gunners striker wrote. "For the last few years, Arsenal have lost at least one top player each summer and they have struggled to win anything as a result.
"In previous seasons, Manchester United and Chelsea were the successful teams the top players wanted to join - now, it is City. Some people think footballers only think about money but this is not true. City may pay big bucks, but the attraction is the silverware.
"I think Arsene Wenger will be disappointed with the situation, but not angry or surprised. People say players who have suffered many injuries should stick with clubs who have remained loyal, but the game is not about sentiment - the only truly loyal people in the game are the fans.
"Arsenal need to address this problem of losing their best players. I admire their business plan about not spending what they haven't got, but the club is getting left behind."