Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon has rubbished claims he's being touted as Robin van Persie's new strike partner at Arsenal.

Weekend reports had suggested the Benin international was being targeted by the three-time Premier League winners.

However, the Black Cats forward has denied he's set to leave the north-east.

“Interest from some bigger English clubs? I don't think about that," he claimed.

“Above all I am just thinking about scoring and assisting. We will talk about my future again at the end of the season.”

Previously, Arsenal had been linked with a £20 million move for Sessegnon, who has been compared to Thierry Henry, who netted the winner during the pair's clash on Saturday.

The 27-year-old failed to spark for Sunderland under Steve Bruce, but has recently hit the goal trail, scoring seven goals this term, five of which since the appointment of Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light.

His recent good form, which includes the extra-time winner against local rivals Middlesbrough in mid-week, has improved his popularity among supporters, who would hate to see another star striker leave following last January's sale of Darren Bent, and the summer loss of Asamoah Gyan.

Arsene Wenger is keen to relinquish pressure off the shoulders of Robin van Persie, who has scored 22 Premier League goals for the Emirates Stadium outfit this season.

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