Arsene Wenger has insisted that Marouane Chamakh will be staying at Arsenal beyond the January transfer window, despite speculation linking the striker with a move away from the Emirates.
Chamakh has struggled for game time this season, and featured for just 14 minutes against Blackburn, with the match sealing his longest time on the pitch so far since last May.
But Wenger has argued that the Morocco international is still very much in his plans at Arsenal, but the manager admitted he is currently facing the tough job of having to compete with Van Persie for a position in the starting line-up.
"Marouane is not going anywhere; there is not a problem with Chamakh,” Wenger said.
"He is fighting for the position with Robin van Persie who is in great form at the moment. He will get his chance, we have so many games."
Chamakh also weighed in on the discussions, telling reporters: "I love this club and I will do all I can to be a success here with Arsenal, I am working hard to reach my level."
The 27-year-old signed for the Gunners in 2010, and while he scored 10 goals in his first 21 appearances for the club, Chamakh is now having to compete with the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho as well as Van Persie for a spot in the side.
Wenger will no doubt be hoping to keep as much depth in the squad as possible, after the exits of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri took many valuable weeks to recover from.