Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who starred for the Gunners in a number of important soccer games last season , looks set to leave the club after announcing he will not be extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium.
The 28-year-old has met with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis but the parties could not reach an agreement on the player's future. Van Persie has one year to run on his current deal.
"I've thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract," the Netherlands international wrote on his website.
Arsenal hinted they will resist offers for the Dutchman this summer and risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
An Arsenal statement read: "We have to respect Robin's decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the club.
"We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal's best interests in mind."
This situation is not uncharted territory for Arsenal, who lost Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in similar circumstances at the beginning of last season. The Gunners struggled for form in the early stages of the campaign and will be mindful of that once the dust settles on Van Persie's announcement.
Van Persie, who moved to Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004, suggested he would favour a summer move, possibly to another club in the Barclays Premier League, in his quest for silverware.
"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," he added.
"Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last eight years."