Robin Van Persie has delivered the news Arsenal fans have been dreading.
The Dutchman has announced on his website http://www.robinvanpersie.com that he will not sign a new contract with the club.
The 28-year-old scored thirty goals in the Premier League last season. He was also named PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year.
The Arsenal Captain's current deal expires in twelve months, therefore he could leave on a free transfer next summer.
Van Persie has been linked with potential moves to Manchester City and Juventus.
In an open letter to fans on his website, he declared: "I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract."
Van Persie revealed he has met with manager Arsene Wenger and Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis but didn't receive the assurances he was looking for:
"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 should move forward."
With rumours of a move to Premier League champions City now likely to escalate, Van Persie has attempted to head-off speculation that he is moving simply to increase his salary:
"Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all."