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Sunday, 20 November 2011


And while Arsenal continue to find solutions on the pitch, the ticking time bomb off it remains an unwelcome distraction.
Each Robin van Persie goal increases the desperation for him to remain at Arsenal past his current contract, which expires in 2013.
Theo Walcott is also proving himself indispensable, as the club prepare to start discussions over a new deal with the England winger.
And now manager Arsene Wenger has cast doubt on his own position, just as he is underlining he still has the ability to extract the maximum potential with minimal spend.
The timing of Wenger’s suggestion that his long-term future is unsure and his position will be assessed at the end of the season is bizarre.
Having complained that a summer of intense instability made the start of this season Wenger’s toughest at Arsenal, he has unnecessarily rocked a ship that had come through choppy waters.

Robin is one of the best strikers in the world at the moment
Theo Walcott is enjoying his partnership with Robin van Persie
And who can blame Van Persie and Walcott for now adding Wenger’s position to their checklists when considering whether to commit their long-term futures to the Gunners? Arsenal insist they remain fully behind Wenger and do not envisage any change before the expiry of his contract in the summer of 2014.
But he has confessed he is only planning for the short term, so it should not be a surprise if his star players follow suit.
Operating in the here and now, Van Persie must be the best player in Europe. And in Walcott, the Dutchman has the prefect sidekick.
It was Walcott who single-handedly set up Van Persie to become only the fifth Premier League player to score 30 league goals in a calendar year, along with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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