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GUNNERS BATTLE TO KEEP RVP.

Byline: JOHN CROSS

ROBIN VAN PERSIE has expressed his frustration to Arsenal and given a clear hint that he is ready to quit the club.

The striker held crunch talks yesterday about his future with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis and made it plain he is fed up of not winning trophies.

It comes as Manchester City have moved into pole position to lure Van Persie to the Etihad and are ready to put together a pounds 25million deal and pounds 250,000-a-week contract.

Wenger now faces the fight of his life to convince Van Persie to stay, as the Dutchman has major doubts about whether Arsenal can compete for top honours next season.

Manchester United are also keen and could match City's package, while Juventus have put together a pounds 25m transfer fee and pounds 180,000-a-week deal.

It is believed that Juve director Beppe Marotta has met with Van Persie's representatives, but the Italian champions fear a move to City interests the Arsenal captain most.

Van Persie has seen former team-mates Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri go to the Etihad and win the title this season, but it would be heartbreaking for Gunners fans if he followed suit.

Arsenal are determined not to give up and have put together a three-year deal worth pounds 130,000-a-week with a signing-on fee to try to persuade him to stay.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2012
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