By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger insists there is no news on Robin van Persie’s contract.

The Dutchman has been one of the Gunners’ most consistent performers this season, hitting 16 goals in 37 outings – already the best season’s tally of his Arsenal career.

Speaking at Friday’s pre-match press conference, Wenger gave an update on the striker’s contract situation.

“I think when he signs a contract we will tell you, don’t worry,” the Frenchman said. “There is no news on whether he is close [to signing] or not.

“Either you sign or you do not sign, the rest is no news, it’s just speculation.”

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