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Robin van Persie stalls on new Arsenal deal

Robin van Persie has said that he has not yet made up his mind whether he will sign a new contract with Arsenal, prompting fears that the club will find themselves in the same position with their captain next summer as they were with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy in the last transfer window.

The striker, who reached a century of Arsenal goals with his two against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, has two seasons on his existing deal including the current one.

He is the most senior player in a group including Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin who could potentially go into next summer with just one year left on their deals.

Van Persie said: "I still have almost two years [on the existing deal] until 2013.

"So for the moment that's fine, but I don't know. We will have to look.

"I'm happy with my contract, I'm good. That's how it is, I can't say much more. I can't look into the future."

Van Persie said he would "maybe" leave negotiations until the end of the season.

Alex Song was also on target against the Trotters who had David Wheater dismissed.

Elsewhere, Demba Ba scored his first hat-trick in English football as Newcastle deservedly beat Blackburn 3-1. Junior Hoilett's 16-yard strike was mere consolation.

At the Hawthorns West Brom and Fulham played out a goal-less draw.

Wigan crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at the JJB Stadium. Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale netted for Spurs before Mohamed Diame pulled a goal back.

* SUNDERLAND will aim to continue their Premier League revival at Norwich tonight (8pm).

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