Robin Van Persie will leave Arsenal after using Twitter to tell fans he'll not extend his contract - because of Arsene Wenger's plans for the club's future.
The Dutch footballer's official website crashed moments after posting a controversial statement about his future.
He said: "It has again become clear to me that we in many aspects disagree on the way Arsenal FC should move forward."
READ VAN PERSIE'S FULL STATEMENT BELOW
Adding: "I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days."
"You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions."
With one season left on his current contract Van Persie is effectively offering Arsenal the option of cashing in on a deal this summer, rather than let him go on a free transfer next year.
Earlier this week it was reported Arsenal turned down a £8m offer from Juventus for the Dutch striker.
FULL STATEMENT FROM ROBINVANPERSIE.COM
This is an update for the fans about my current situation. I have kept quiet all this time out of respect and loyalty for the club and as agreed with Mr. Gazidis and Mr. Wenger, but since there is so much speculation in the media, I think it is fair for you guys to know what’s really going on at the moment.
As announced earlier this year I had a meeting with the Boss and Mr. Gazidis after the season. This was a meeting about the club’s future strategy and their policy. Financial terms or a contract have not been discussed, since that is not my priority at all.
I personally have had a great season but my goal has been to win trophies with the team and to bring the club back to its glory days. 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 FC should move forward.
I’ve thought long and hard about it, but I have decided not to extend my contract. You guys, the fans, have of course the right to disagree with my view and decision and I will always respect your opinions.
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. Everybody at the club and the fans have always supported me over the years and I have always given my all (and more) on and off the pitch. I am very proud of being part of this fantastic club for the last 8 years. As soon as Mr. Gazidis is back from his 2-week holiday in America further meetings will follow and I will update you if and when there are more developments.
All summer, despite a disappointing Euro 2012, Van Persie's future has been the centre of much speculation.
Last week the Arsenal man was apparently being courted by Manchester City as well as the Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.
In April he capped a magnificent 12 months after he was crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday and selected as a part of the team of the season.