Robin van Persie has given a big hint that he is ready to sign a contract extension with Arsenal. The Dutchman’s contract expires at the end of next season which means he could be sold on the cheap in the summer, or worst still, leave on a boss-man free at the end of the next season.

The Dutchman’s deal runs out at the end of next season and he recently expressed concerns about whether the club’s ambitions matched his own but now says there is a “big chance” he will stay at the Grove.

Van Persie was thought to be dismayed that Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, when they lifted the FA Cup. But the team remain in contention in two competitions, facing Villarreal in the Champions League tomorrow night before playing Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Robin van Persie now says all the signs over his contract are positive.

“We’ve had a couple of meetings now in a really positive atmosphere,”

“The main thing in these things is whether you both have the intention to extend [the contract] but the way I see it is that we both have the intention to extend so there’s a big chance I will stay.

“We are talking about a new deal, not now because, as I read in the paper, the boss doesn’t want us to speak about it any more. That’s his opinion, no problem with that. We’ll wait.

“We’ll go on with the meetings at the end of the season. I have a deal here, I do respect that and what happens after my deal I don’t know because we’re still talking.”

Robin van Persie is enjoying his best season since joining Arsenal, after having been troubled with injuries in past seasons.

His stats this season read; starts 32, Sub appearances 6, goals 16.

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