Robin van Persie has confirmed he wants to see evidence that Arsenal have real ambition before committing his future to the club.
The Dutch forward said he is happy with the terms on offer but is not yet sure if Arsenal is the right club for him in the long term.
The 25-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2010 and should he fail to sign a new deal before the end of August the Gunners could be forced to cash in or risk losing him for nothing.
“I’m still in negotiations with Arsenal, and it’s going well – in a very positive atmosphere,” said Van Persie. “There are further meetings planned.
“Financially Arsenal’s last offer is fine, but that isn’t everything for me. It’s about my ambitions and how they can be fulfilled. The club and I want the same, and it’s our intention to achieve that. We have all the other factors in place – fantastic stadium, dedicated support and money in the bank.
“Now it’s about making that final push. In the last four years, I’ve only won one prize, the FA Cup – and that is too little. I want to push through to achieve more.
“That is something I feel in my mind and my body. It’s difficult to explain, but I certainly feel I can play an important role in taking Arsenal to a higher level.”
In an interview with this month’s Champions magazine, Van Persie also said he had matured as a player and as a person: “I believe the wild days are behind you when you reach 25.
“From this age on, you should be reaping the rewards of what you’ve learned. After seven years in professional football, I now have what I need to go further.
“I’ve heard and seen enough – it’s as if I’ve crossed a barrier. I see players between 25 and 30 having their best years.
“In a certain sense, it feels like a voyage of discovery – and I feel I’m where I want to be as a footballer. This also applies to physical development. Now, I can play out matches a lot easier.”