LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 8 July 2009 39 Van-tastic news for Arsenal as Robin signs ROBIN VAN PERSIE has agreed a new long-term deal with Arsenal, the club have confirmed. The Dutchman, 25, (above) was the Gunners leading scorer last season with 20 goals from 44 appearances. While the terms of the new contract for van Persie, who joined Arsenal from his home town club Feyenoord in 2004, have not been disclosed, it is reported to be worth around 80,000-a-week, which would make the Holland forward one of the highest paid players at Emirates Stadium. Van Persie said: I have been at the club for five years now and there really is a great feeling here at Arsenal. We have a top-class manager, a squad full of superb young players, a world-class stadium and brilliant supporters. Arsenal have a very bright future and I want to be part of it. My heart is with Arsenal and I just cant picture myself in a different shirt. Meanwhile, Arsenals board have decided against a proposed rights issue to generate new cash which was put forward and underwritten by the Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, the clubs second biggest stakeholder. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis confirmed the move was turned down in favour of the status quo which sees the club remain self-financing. BREAKING NEWS... HUGHES TWITTERS FOR OPENERS AUSTRALIAN opener Philip Hughes found time to Twitter before his Ashes debut in Cardiff today. Hughes, 20, impressed for Middlesex early in the summer but looked susceptible to the short ball in the warm-up against the England Lions last week. The youngster from Macksville, New South Wales, who Twitters under the name PH408, said: Well its finally here, the morning of my first Ashes Test, Im anxious to get out there , so shower and some brekky for me, Hughesy. John Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent, Twittered on AGGERSCRICKET: Covers are off. Pitch looks two spinners to me. And then updated with The sun is shining and we have our first cake! But after Hughes had caught Ravi Boparas mis-timed drive to leave England teetering on 97-3 at lunch, Agnew pointed out: Aussies have done their homework...slower ball excellent tactic for Bopara. Do you tweet? Follow us at: LondonLiteNews First morning glory: Aussie pace bowler Mitchell Johnson gets right in the face of Andrew Strauss, far left, after dispatching the England captain for 30, left, while Michael Hussey, above, takes a spectacular catch at gully to get rid of his opening partner Alastair Cook for 10 off the bowling of surprise choice Ben Hilfenhaus THEIR MITCH index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html