Robin van Persie backed to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has stated that he believes that key striker Robin van Persie will not leave the club in the summer.

The Netherlands international has been in blistering form, and has almost single-handedly at times salvaged The Gunners’ season with excellent displays and prolific goalscoring.

With the marksman’s contract due to expire in the summer of 2013, Van Persie is being linked with a move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, and has not yet shown a willingness to extend his deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite this, Arteta feels that Arsenal fans have little to worry about.

“I do not see Van Persie leaving Arsenal,” Arteta told COM Radio, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“He is completely unaffected by interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona and not thinking about his contract renewal either.

“Now he is very calm and is not nervous about anything.

“I know he has said that in the summer he will consider things, talk it over and take the decision that he will take,” he stated.

Arteta was brought in by Arsene Wenger in the summer following the departure of Cesc Fabregas, but the playmaker has once again admitted that he does not want to be compared to the now Barcelona midfielder.

“I do not want to be Cesc’s substitute and I have no thoughts like that.

“My dream and aim is to win a big trophy for the club and to play for Spain. I would have loved to have had the chance to play for Spain, but I have not yet and I hope that some day that will change,” he concluded.

Arteta and Van Persie will be in action for the north London club against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

By Gareth McKnight