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Arsenal Supremo Hints At More Signings & Warns RVP

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hinted the club will make further signings this summer, and warned Robin van Persie that they can’t offer him top end wages

Peter Hill-Wood

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has hinted the club will be making further signings this summer, while also warning striker Robin van Persie that the Gunners can’t offer him top end wages.

Arsenal have already secured the signing of German international striker Lukas Podolski from FC Cologne and have been linked with a whole host of players this summer.

A defensive midfielder and another attacker appear to be on manager Arsene Wenger’s shopping list and Hill-Wood has revealed that he’s confident the club will be making further additions to the squad this summer.

Speaking to the Mirror, the Arsenal supremo said:

“We have already brought in one new player in Lukas ­Podolski and I believe we will bring in more. I am confident we will, in fact.”

The long serving chairman then had his say on the future of star striker Robin van Persie, insisting the Dutchman will have to leave the club if it’s money he’s interested in.

It’s no secret RVP has only one year left on his Arsenal contract and has yet to sign an extension, despite talks with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis at the end of the season.

The likes of Man City and Juventus have been strongly linked with a move and Hill-Wood has said that although the club will do everything they can to keep hold of him, if Robin is looking for a large pay-day then the Gunners can’t compete with the money on offer elsewhere.

“He is vital to us and has been an extremely good captain,”

“But if somebody comes along and offers Robin £250,000 a week then I am afraid we cannot compete with that.

“With players, you never know what they are going to do. Some players say they want silverware but when they have the chance to earn ­extraordinary money that has been pumped into the game, then you just have to hope they will stay ­because they are happy and loyal where they are.

“There are players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United who have been loyal to one club but players like that are few and far between.

“Hopefully we can reach ­agreement with Robin and ideally he will extend his contract. I just hope that Robin will be with us next season because I genuinely feel we can make a real challenge for the ­Premier League title.

“We had an atrocious start to last season but we recovered to finish third which was a marvellous achievement when you look at the problems that we had with ­injuries.”

Van Persie has delayed talks over his future until after this summers European championships, but Holland may be set for an early exit after a shock 1-0 loss to Denmark in their Group B opener on Saturday.

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