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Luis Suarez handballs it to score against Mansfield

Not again, Luis! Liverpool striker Suarez gets away with brazen handball to score second at Mansfield… and it's not his first

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:11 GMT, 6 January 2013

There is a long list of football fans who aren't great admirers of Luis Suarez due to some of his on-pitch exploits. This afternoon, Mansfield supporters were added to that ever-growing list.

In the past he's been booked – sometimes wrongly – for diving, banned for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, and even received a seven-game suspension for biting an opposing player while at Dutch club Ajax.

As Ghana fans will tell you, Liverpool's talisman has also been known to handle the ball on occasion.

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Deliberate Luis Suarez handled the ball before firing home Liverpool's second goal

Back in 2010, the Uruguayan striker
was red-carded for deliberately palming the ball off the line during a
World Cup quarter-final against Ghana, which ultimately helped his side
progress to the semis.

Today, Suarez was at it again. Liverpool's top scorer – who replaced new boy Daniel Sturridge against Mansfield – found himself bearing down on Alan Marriott's goal just moments after coming on to the pitch.

At 1-0 up, the 25-year-old powered his effort into the flailing keeper, who did well to keep the ball out.

But as the ball popped up in the area, Suarez appeared to bring the ball back under control with the use of his arm.

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

Trademark: Suarez kissed his wrist, as he does after every goal

By this point, Suarez needed only to
roll the ball into Marriot's open goal, doubling the visitors' lead and
setting them on course for a fourth round meet with Oldham Athletic at
Boundary Park.

After
scoring, amidst furious protests from the Mansfield players, Suarez
performed his trademark celebration, calmly kissing the tattoo on the inside
of his wrist. He does do this after scoring every goal, of course.

Matt Green set up a grand-stand finish for the Non-League hosts after netting in the 79th minute.

But Suarez's brazen handball is sure
to leave the most bitter of tastes in Mansfield manager Paul Cox's mouth, as the
Uruguayan's goal proved decisive.

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Confronted: Suarez was approached by a Mansfield fan

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Not the first time: Suarez handled the ball on the line in the 2010 World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Sweden add verb "to Zlatan" to national dictionary

In honour of our genius! Swedes add verb 'to Zlatan' to national dictionary

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UPDATED:

13:58 GMT, 27 December 2012

Wonder goal: Ibrahimovic celebrates his stunning long-range overhead kick against England

Wonder goal: Ibrahimovic celebrates his stunning long-range overhead kick against England

Sweden has added the verb ‘to Zlatan’ to their national dictionary.

In the country’s latest way of honouring their footballing hero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish Language Council has approved the term, since it has been increasingly used in conversation by Swedes referring to an outlandishly talented action.

The word was originally coined on Les Guignols, a popular satirical puppet show – similar to Spitting Image – from French station Canal Plus, whose characters are in awe of the PSG striker.

To recognise this, the Swedes have even acknowledged the original French spelling of ‘zlataner’, simply tweaking to create ‘zlatanera’ and officially defined it as ‘from the French: to dominate on and off the field.’

Ibrahimovic is currently Ligue 1’s top scorer having netted 18 times for the Parisians. While he is a natural showman, he admitted that he does not rehearse his goal celebrations.

‘When I score a goal, I never know in advance how I will celebrate, given (I’m) the current top scorer in the championship,’ he told RMC Sport.

‘There is so much adrenaline. Timing is everything, the environment, my mood. This is pure emotion.’

Many players have lent their names to particular moves before, but affording their overall brilliance to a verb is a first.

Johann Cruyff was honoured with the ‘Cruyff turn’ and the 360-degree turn has been attributed to Garrincha – although both Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona have staked claim to this.

PSG are currently leading Ligue 1 on goal difference, ahead of Lyon and Marseille and face Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League in February.

Talisman: Ibrahimovic is the leading scorer in the French top division with 18 goals

Talisman: Ibrahimovic is the leading scorer in the French top division with 18 goals

Lionel Messi stretches calendar year record over Gerd Muller after taking tally to 88 goals

88 and counting… Messi can't stop scoring as Barca striker doubles up to further exceed Muller's record

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UPDATED:

23:13 GMT, 12 December 2012

Lionel Messi simply can’t stop scoring. The Barcelona talisman increased his record tally of goals scored in a calendar year to 88, after netting twice against FC Cordoba to secure a 2-0 win in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey tie.

The Argentina striker equalled and
surpassed Muller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over
Real Betis when he scored another brace.

But he doesn’t seem content with beating the great German hitman, as he marched on with another two goals this evening.

You again: Lionel Messi (right) scored his 87th and 88th goals of 2012 against FC Cordoba

You again: Lionel Messi (right) scored his 87th and 88th goals of 2012 against FC Cordoba

The 25-year-old was the difference once again for Barcelona, fresh from breaking the record at the weekend.

He scored his first of the match
after just 11 minutes with a routine tap in, and expertly slotted home
as the match drew to a close to kill the game off at the Estadio Nuevo
Arcangel.

The Barca No 10 should really have
bagged a hat-trick at Cordoba, but he failed to capitalise when Gerard
Pique put him through on goal with 20 minutes left to play.

Familiar sight: Messi surpassed Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals on Sunday after scoring twice against Betis

Familiar sight: Messi surpassed Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals on Sunday after scoring twice against Betis

Swing and a miss: Messi could have had a hat-trick if he converted Gerard Pique's through ball

Swing and a miss: Messi could have had a hat-trick if he converted Gerard Pique's through ball

Reaching triple figures in 2012 may be a bridge too far for Messi though. Especially with La Liga’s winter break.

The prolific forward will only play
twice more before 2013 kicks in, meaning he’ll have to average six goals
per game if he wants to reach 100 goals for the year.

Stranger things have happened…

Impossible Messi is unlikely to reach the milestone of 100 goals

Impossible Messi is unlikely to reach the milestone of 100 goals

Smashed: Gerd Muller held the record for most goals in a calendar year with 85 for Bayern Munich

Smashed: Gerd Muller held the record for most goals in a calendar year with 85 for Bayern Munich

All in all it was a great night for Messi, and everyone affiliated with Barcelona.

Especially as arch rivals Real Madrid lost their first leg of the Copa Del Rey last 16 tie away at Celta Vigo.

Despite having avoided defeat away at Celta for 10 years, Jose Mourinho's side were outplayed and lost the match 2-1.

Real rekindled realistic hopes of progression after Cristiano Ronaldo popped up late in the game to claw a goal back.

They will remain optimistic that they can progress to the next round when Celta travel to the Bernabeu in the New Year.

Hopeful: Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 in their first leg match away at Celta Vigo

Hopeful: Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 in their first leg match away at Celta Vigo

First in a long time: Real have not lost away to Celta Vigo for ten years

First in a long time: Real have not lost away to Celta Vigo for ten years

Will Marouane Fellaini stay at Everton?

Everton face fight to keep Fellaini from clutches of Chelsea and PSG

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UPDATED:

11:23 GMT, 12 November 2012

The momentum keeps building and a reputation keeps burgeoning. Everton’s Champions League pursuit continues apace but their talisman’s form could lead to another chase entirely.

Plaudits have been flowing for Marouane Fellaini all season and they were many singing his praises again following his inspirational second half performance against Sunderland that helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a significant 2-1 win. Vanquished manager Martin O’Neill called him a 'proper player'.

Yet for all that David Moyes was thrilled Fellaini, whom he feels will mature into a marauding presence similar to Patrick Vieira, Everton's manager is aware the Belgian’s form will not have gone unnoticed to a wider audience.

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

England watch

PHIL JAGIELKA – Set the tone for Everton with a series of crucial interceptions and blocks; enters Sweden game in excellent form.

LEIGHTON BAINES – Some excellent passing and great energy but appeared to be carrying an injury in the second half.

LEON OSMAN – Involved in both Everton’s goals and his passing at times was outstanding. Deserves to play at some point in Sweden.

Fellaini has suitors around Europe – Chelsea and Paris St Germain showed an interest in the summer – and his talents would clearly fit neatly in many teams. Moyes, however, believes the prospect of leading Everton into the top four will render interest in him futile.

‘Everybody knows where he is and if they want to come and watch him that's up to them,’ said Moyes, whose side retained fourth place after goals from Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Adam Johnson’s strike.

‘It would be a big price on his head but we've got no problem in people coming and watching him. I'm not in the mood now to keep the fight going all the time because we've had to do it with a lot of players. We’ve sold some big ones but the club will always be bigger than any player, any manager.

‘But Felli knows what I think and I know what he thinks and I think more than anything he'd love to take Everton into the Champions League and that's what we'll try and achieve.’

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

So can they finish fourth come May They will certainly be thereabouts. Everton’s football is vibrant but the win over a Sunderland side that O’Neill felt were desperately unfortunate showed their appetite to scrap remains insatiable.

‘We are an expansive team and I suppose we have conceded more chances than we have done in previous years,’ said Leighton Baines. ‘But we kept going when it was difficult and we got what we deserved in the end with perseverance.

‘The style might be changing but one thing you are never going to lose from an Everton is that spirit. That was a massive win. We had four draws coming into this and following it with a defeat would have changed the whole complexion. It was pleasing to grind it out.’

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

That Everton were able to grind it out owed as much to Sunderland’s profligacy as it did their tenacity. Had Stephan Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher showed greater poise in the opening exchanges the deficit they faced after Johnson’s goal would have been insurmountable.

‘Those were clear cut chances and I don't think Everton could have complained if we had been 3-0 up at half-time,’ said O’Neill. ‘But we will turn it around and the players ironically will have taken a lot of confidence from that. Some players have come back to form and that is important.

‘We lost a game against what I consider a very, very strong outfit. But we will come back. We should have won this game and we didn't. I don't think it is to do with balance. I think rather than drawing a statistic from, my own view is that we were unlucky.’

Will Maroaune Fellaini stay at Everton?

Everton face fight to keep Fellaini from clutches of Chelsea and PSG

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UPDATED:

23:43 GMT, 11 November 2012

The momentum keeps building and a reputation keeps burgeoning. Everton’s Champions League pursuit continues apace but their talisman’s form could lead to another chase entirely.

Plaudits have been flowing for Maroaune Fellaini all season and they were many singing his praises again following his inspirational second half performance against Sunderland that helped turn a 1-0 deficit into a significant 2-1 win. Vanquished manager Martin O’Neill called him a 'proper player'.

Yet for all that David Moyes was thrilled Fellaini, whom he feels will mature into a marauding presence similar to Patrick Vieira, Everton's manager is aware the Belgian’s form will not have gone unnoticed to a wider audience.

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

Main man: Marouane Fellaini (centre) has attracted the attention of bigger clubs

England watch

PHIL JAGIELKA – Set the tone for Everton with a series of crucial interceptions and blocks; enters Sweden game in excellent form.

LEIGHTON BAINES – Some excellent passing and great energy but appeared to be carrying an injury in the second half.

LEON OSMAN – Involved in both Everton’s goals and his passing at times was outstanding. Deserves to play at some point in Sweden.

Fellaini has suitors around Europe – Chelsea and Paris St Germain showed an interest in the summer – and his talents would clearly fit neatly in many teams. Moyes, however, believes the prospect of leading Everton into the top four will render interest in him futile.

‘Everybody knows where he is and if they want to come and watch him that's up to them,’ said Moyes, whose side retained fourth place after goals from Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic cancelled out Adam Johnson’s strike.

‘It would be a big price on his head but we've got no problem in people coming and watching him. I'm not in the mood now to keep the fight going all the time because we've had to do it with a lot of players. We’ve sold some big ones but the club will always be bigger than any player, any manager.

‘But Felli knows what I think and I know what he thinks and I think more than anything he'd love to take Everton into the Champions League and that's what we'll try and achieve.’

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

In fine form: Fellaini helped Everton beat Sunderland on Saturday

So can they finish fourth come May They will certainly be thereabouts. Everton’s football is vibrant but the win over a Sunderland side that O’Neill felt were desperately unfortunate showed their appetite to scrap remains insatiable.

‘We are an expansive team and I suppose we have conceded more chances than we have done in previous years,’ said Leighton Baines. ‘But we kept going when it was difficult and we got what we deserved in the end with perseverance.

‘The style might be changing but one thing you are never going to lose from an Everton is that spirit. That was a massive win. We had four draws coming into this and following it with a defeat would have changed the whole complexion. It was pleasing to grind it out.’

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

Top man: David Moyes continues to impress as Everton's boss

That Everton were able to grind it out owed as much to Sunderland’s profligacy as it did their tenacity. Had Stephan Sessegnon and Steven Fletcher showed greater poise in the opening exchanges the deficit they faced after Johnson’s goal would have been insurmountable.

‘Those were clear cut chances and I don't think Everton could have complained if we had been 3-0 up at half-time,’ said O’Neill. ‘But we will turn it around and the players ironically will have taken a lot of confidence from that. Some players have come back to form and that is important.

‘We lost a game against what I consider a very, very strong outfit. But we will come back. We should have won this game and we didn't. I don't think it is to do with balance. I think rather than drawing a statistic from, my own view is that we were unlucky.’

Jack Wilshere will be Arsenal"s new No 10 to replace Robin van Persie

Life after RVP: Wilshere will inherit Dutch striker's No 10 shirt at Arsenal

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UPDATED:

07:10 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Jack Wilshere will be named Arsenal’s new No 10 on Friday — taking the shirt of talisman Robin van Persie.

The England midfielder, who has been on the sidelines for over 12 months due to a clutch of injuries, will wear the shirt vacated by former hero Van Persie — and previously worn by Dennis Bergkamp.

Wilshere is making positive progress on his road to recovery from knee and foot problems and is expected to return in October.

Mine now: Jack Wilshere will claim the prized No 10 shirt

Mine now: Jack Wilshere will claim the prized No 10 shirt

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has told of his disappointment at selling Van Persie to arch-rivals Manchester United, admitting he would rather have sent his talisman abroad.

‘We wanted to avoid it but we couldn’t,’ said the Arsenal manager. ‘I’d rather have sold him abroad, to Paris Saint-Germain for example. Manchester United know him and his qualities. But when you can’t succeed in extending the contract of a player in his last year, there is no other thing to do but to let him go.

Gone: Robin Van Persie arrives for his United medical

Gone: Robin Van Persie arrives for his United medical

‘It’s sad because he played for us for eight years. He’s 29 now. He was 21 when he came and it’s another bitter pill to swallow. The economic part of it is the only satisfaction. But money doesn’t go out on the field and play, players do.’

Sportsmail has learned that Wenger is unlikely to jump straight into the transfer market until it becomes clear he needs more firepower.

Athletic Bilbao centre forward Fernando Llorente features highly on his wishlist and Arsenal spies have extensively watched Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez.

Robin van Persie transfer: Manchester United prepared to match Arsenal valuation

Sir Alex closes in on deal for Van Persie as United prepare to offer Arsenal improved bid

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 14 August 2012

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Manchester United were locked in talks with Arsenal on Tuesday night over what they hope will be a deal-clinching improved offer for Robin van Persie.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed yesterday how the Gunners were expecting a new bid, with sources claiming the move could be sealed by Saturday’s big-kick off.

And United took a significant step towards securing the deal by re-opening discussions with the North London club. Their improved offer, likely to be close to Arsenal’s minimum 20m asking price, is expected to be submitted in the next 48 hours.

United front: Sir Alex Ferguson is closing on the deal of the summer for Van Persie who is with the Holland squad

United front: Sir Alex is closing on the deal of the summer for Van Persie – who is with the Holland squad

United players themselves are becoming increasingly confident that Van Persie will be joining them in the near future.

Meanwhile, Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez will complete a 4million move to United after undergoing a medical.

Sportsmail revealed in June that United had secured first option on signing Henriquez, 18, until 2014 but Sir Alex Ferguson decided to fast-track the deal with his club Universidad de Chile when several rivals began showing an interest.

Final hurdle: The protracted deal could soon be concluded if the Gunners accept the offer for their captain

Final hurdle: The protracted deal could soon be concluded if the Gunners accept the offer for their captain

Final hurdle: The protracted deal could soon be concluded if the Gunners accept the offer for their captain

The teenager, who has been on United’s radar for three years and had previously had two trials spells at Carrington, was seen leaving the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester following a three-hour medical.

Darren Fletcher made his first United appearance in nine months last night after taking a break from football to battle a career-threatening stomach condition.

The Scotland midfielder, 28, received a huge ovation when he came on after 59 minutes in a friendly at Aberdeen.

Talisman: Van Persie bagged the vast majority of Arsenal's goals last season

Talisman: Van Persie bagged the vast majority of Arsenal's goals last season

Robin van Persie back in Arsenal training

Look who's back! Van Persie all smiles as he is reunited with Arsenal pals… but how long is he hanging around)

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12:58 GMT, 17 July 2012

Robin van Persie was reunited with his Arsenal team-mates on Tuesday with his future still in the balance.

The Dutchman, who is refusing to sign a new contract and is wanted by Manchester United, City and Juventus, was upbeat as he trained at their London Colney base.

Remember me Robin van Persie smiles during training at London Colney

Remember me Robin van Persie smiles during training at London Colney

Van Persie greeted his team-mates – including Alex Song and Andrey Arshavin – during the session.

He wants a quick decision on his future after returning to training at Arsenal.

The Dutch striker, aged 28, has asked to meet manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis before the Gunners leave for a Far East tour on Saturday.

No date has been set for the meeting
but Arsenal appear resigned to losing their talisman on the evidence of
their latest online catalogue, which does not feature any Van Persie
merchandise.

An Arsenal spokesman told The Sun:
'Robin returned to training on Monday as expected and made it clear he
wants to sit down and resolve the matter of his future, either way, as
soon as possible.

'No date has yet been agreed for that meeting.'

Van Persie, who has a year left on
his Arsenal deal, is wanted by Manchester City, Manchester United,
Juventus and Real Madrid.

But last season's top Premier League scorer, with 30 goals, does not feature at all in the latest online club catalogue.

Van Persie helped launch the
Gunners' new home kit in April but he has been airbrushed out of the
latest online brochure, which highlights the team's new purple away kit.

Arsenal hopeful Robin van Persie will do Wayne Rooney U-turn and stay

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal hopeful captain Van Persie will do 'a Rooney' and stay

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UPDATED:

22:29 GMT, 13 July 2012

Arsenal will head into next week's make-or-break talks with Robin van Persie hopeful the contract rebel is ready to perform a Wayne Rooney-style U-turn.

The Gunners skipper stunned the club
earlier this month with a damning statement questioning the club's
ambition whilst confirming his intention not to sign a new contract.

Robin Van Persie

Robin van Persie: Will he stay, or will he go

Van Persie is due to return to pre-season training next week and manager Arsene Wenger will take the opportunity to hold a heart-to-heart with his talisman in hope that he can persuade the 28-year-old to change his mind.

And a well-placed Arsenal source has told Sportsmail that the club are still 'very hopeful' of securing the long term future of Van Persie.

Members of the Gunners hierarchy feel Van Persie's controversial statement was merely a ploy by the forward's agent Kees Vos to secure his client a better deal – reminiscent of Rooney's contract stand-off with Manchester United in 2010.

After talks over a new deal broke down, Rooney released a statement confirming he wanted to leave Old Trafford.

However, just a few days later the England international signed fresh terms after being offered more money by United.

Showdown: Arsene Wenger will hold talks with Van Persie

Showdown: Arsene Wenger will hold talks with Van Persie

As it stands, Arsenal have offered Van Persie a three year deal worth 130,000-per-week – plus a 5million loyalty bonus.

If Arsenal fail in their attempts, Wenger will sanction the immediate sale of Van Persie in order to have enough time to reinvest the money from the Holland international's sale.

Whether Arsenal's hopes have some substance remain to be seen, nevertheless the club are still doing all they can to convince their star man to sign a new deal.

Van Persie wants to be sure the club will sign the quality of player that will help propel Wenger's side into genuine challengers for the Premier League and Champions League titles.

All change: Wayne Rooney signed new deal just days after announcing he wanted to leave United

All change: Wayne Rooney signed new deal just days after announcing he wanted to leave United

And the Gunners are emerging as serious contenders for highly-rated Santos forward Paulo Henrique Ganso.

Ganso's representatives have been made aware of the Gunners' interest and are awaiting the North Londoners' next move.

Wenger wants to sign a new attacking midfielder this summer as he looks to give his side a fresh dimension in the attacking third and Ganso features prominently on the Frenchman's list.

Sportsmail has learned the Gunners were interested in signing Chelsea-bound Oscar – but Wenger is now primed to turn his attentions to 22-year-old Ganso.

The Brazillian – who has eight international caps – is one of the hottest prospects in world football and has been linked with AC Milan, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Kolo Toure urges Robin van Persie to join Manchester City

Come and join us, Robin! Toure urges Van Persie to help Man City win Champions League

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UPDATED:

10:37 GMT, 6 July 2012

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure believes former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie would boost their chances of winning the Champions League if he opted for a move to the Etihad Stadium.

City had been linked with the Holland international even before he announced on Wednesday he would not be extending his contract, which has a year to run, with the Gunners.

Join the team: Toure (fourth left) has urged Van Persie to move north and play for City

Join the team: Toure (fourth left) has urged Van Persie to move north and play for City

Having played with him at Arsenal, Toure is well aware of what Van Persie can offer a side and would welcome him at City.

'Robin is a top player. I've played with him, I know him and he's a great man,' the centre-back told the Manchester Evening News.

'At City we have great players and the club does what it wants in transfers. But for me, if Robin comes it's great because I know what he can do.

'You have to build your squad every year to do better; to win the Champions League is very difficult as we have seen.'

Barcelona and AC Milan are considering joining the race to sign Van Persie alongside City and United who both want Arsenal’s talisman, while it is no secret that Juventus have him at the top of their wish list.

Gunned down: Van Persie has signalled his intention to leave, but Arsenal may hold him to his contract

Gunned down: Van Persie has signalled his intention to leave, but Arsenal may hold him to his contract

Gunned down: Van Persie has signalled his intention to leave, but Arsenal may hold him to his contract

Juve won the Serie A title last season for the first time since they were relegated following the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, and they want a marquee signing to spearhead their assault on Europe.

The Turin club are thought to be willing to offer Van Persie 180,000-a-week, and the 28-year-old is reportedly keen for a challenge outside the Premier League – where he has been playing since 2004.

Van Persie is keen to have his exit finalised by the time the club’s Asia tour kicks off on July 24. It is understood that he would rather not be included in the squad that flies to Malaysia as it would delay his pending move.

Champions challenge: Toure wants to see the Dutchman line-up alongside the likes of Tevez next season

Champions challenge: Toure wants to see the Dutchman line-up alongside the likes of Tevez next season

Champions challenge: Toure wants to see the Dutchman line-up alongside the likes of Tevez next season

But manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to take a lenient view on him missing the trip.

Wenger has not given up hope of persuading Van Persie to change his mind and is planning a heart-to-heart meeting with the striker when he reports for pre-season training in around 10 days.

But there is a feeling at the Emirates Stadium that Van Persie’s position is untenable after he admitted he does not agree with the club's direction.

Man of the moment: Van Persie was the Players' Player of the Year

Man of the moment: Van Persie was the Players' Player of the Year