Van Persie committed to Arsenal

Arsenal have endured a woeful start to the season, losing four of

their opening seven league games, one of which came at Old Trafford

where they were humiliated 8-2 by Manchester United. The poor start

to the campaign has come off the back of a tumultuous summer off

the pitch that saw the club lose former captain Cesc Fabregas and

star midfielder Samir Nasri. Van Persie said recently that he was

in no rush to extend his contract, which expires in 2013, but he

denies he wants to leave. “There have been many stories in the

media lately. I am committed to Arsenal. That’s how it is,” said

Van Persie, who has been annoyed at a recent report that claimed he

had put his house up for sale to help him secure his exit from

Arsenal. “I moved house last year. I see stories which make me

laugh, but I can see how frustrating it is from the fans’ point of

view,” the Dutchman added in his programme notes ahead of Sunday

afternoon’s home match against Sunderland. “I am committed to

Arsenal. I am the captain. Don’t believe everything you read. “As

for that house story, the house has been for sale for a while, but

I’m not living on the streets or anything. “I have found a really

nice house, and yes, it’s in London. So I want to put that

straight. I am committed and I will show that on the pitch.”