In a statement released on July 4th 2012 that will surely signal the beginning of the Dutchman's time at the Emirates, Van Persie said:
'This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr Gazidis and Mr Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what`s really going on at the moment.
As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the boss and Mr Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club`s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days.
Out of my huge respect for Mr Wenger, the players and the fans I don`t want to go into any details, but unfortunately in this meeting it has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward.
I`ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.
I love the club and the fans, no matter what happens. I have grown up and became a man during my time with Arsenal FC.
Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years.
'As soon as Mr Gazidis is back from his two-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.'
The tone and content of the statement left most observers in no doubt that, after the most successful season during his eight years at Arsenal, Van Persie is looking for a move, probably to Manchester City.
The fact that he chose to publicly criticise Wenger, the manager who stood by him during his extended periods of injuries and poor form, suggest he has burned his bridges at the club and can expect a rough reception from the fans if he does re-appear for the Gunners at the start of the new season in August.