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28 July 2005 | ©

Robert Pires will wait until January before deciding on his Arsenal future after reaching deadlock in contract talks at Highbury.

The French winger has been linked with moves to Juventus and Galatasaray after failing to agree fresh terms with the Gunners but remains in North London.

The 32-year-old, who is scheduled to leave the club next summer, has been offered a one-year extension to his contract but he wants a further 12 months.

"We'll talk again in January. There is nothing new about my contract situation and things are not going to change now," he told the Evening Standard.

"I'm going to play through the last year of my contract and I will meet with manager Arsene Wenger early in the New Year.

"That will be the source of motivation for me in the months before then. I'm going to be in the same position as Dennis Bergkamp has been in for some years."

The fact that Pires is staying in North London for the time being at least will bring comfort to Gunners fans who feared the Frenchman might follow compatriot Patrick Vieira out of Highbury.

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