Arsenal chairman believes van Persie will stay

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood believes Robin van Persie will remain at the Emirates Stadium this summer in the face of interest from Manchester City, claiming the Netherlands international is settled in North London, the Daily Mail have reported.

Hill-Wood said: “I think Robin and his family are very happy in London and I don’t think he is solely motivated by money as some players are.

Last week Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini confirmed he would like to purchase van Persie at the end of the season, adding however that he believed he striker would remain with Arsenal. Van Persie’s contract is set to expire in 2013, which has been the source of much of the speculation around a possible departure from Arsenal.

Van Persie joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 after scoring 22 goals in 78 games for the Dutch side. Since switching to the Premier League van Persie has racked up 271 appearances, finding the net on 128 occasions. Appointed Arsenal captain in the summer after the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, van Persie has so far scored 33 times in 38 matches.

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