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Last Updated: Friday, 6 January 2006, 15:54 GMT
Van Persie signs new Arsenal deal
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2011.

The 22-year-old Dutchman, who joined the Gunners from Feyenoord for 2.75m in April 2004, has been rewarded for his impressive form this season.

Van Persie told BBC Radio Five Live: "I've been here for 18 months, really enjoyed it and I sorted out the new contract in about two or three days.

"I am really happy to be moving to the new stadium next season."

Arsenal will be moving from Highbury at the end of this campaign and Van Persie's commitment is a huge boost for the club.

Record goalscorer Thierry Henry is refusing to discuss a new contract and may never run out at the new Ashburton Grove stadium wearing Arsenal colours.

Holland international Van Persie has scored nine goals in 23 appearances for the Gunners this season.

Manager Arsene Wenger told the club website: "Robin has come on a lot this season.

"I feel he has matured. He is a young player with a lot of talent and has developed his team play. If he continues to do that he will be a big player.

"Robin has the class to be as good as Dennis Bergkamp."


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