By Nick Ames

Robin van Persie will wait until the end of the season before discussing a new contract with Arsenal - because he has plenty of football to focus on right now.

The Arsenal captain’s current deal expires in 2013 and this has led to speculation over his future in the media.

Van Persie clarified the situation in Sunday's Official Matchday Programme and explained that Arsenal's busy schedule does not allow time for negotiations.

“There have been a lot of stories, generally contradictory ones, about my contract situation recently so I’d like to make it clear," he said.

"There’s nothing complicated or sinister - the Club and I have both agreed to speak at the end of the season and see how things stand. The boss, Ivan Gazidis and I are all comfortable with it.

“I need all my focus to be on football - on captaining this team, improving every day, doing extra work on the training pitch and preparing for the very busy schedule of fixtures we have.

"If I look down the list, there’s not much time to sit down and think about anything else! For me, this is a time to play football and not speak about personal things. All of my energy needs to go on getting this team where we want it to be this season.”

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