Arsenal officials believe Robin van Persie will not abandon the club next summer.
The Dutchman has become the most integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring 19 goals for the Gunners this season.
Losing Van Persie would be a mahor blow, but chairman Peter Hill-Wood is confident he will remain at Emirates Stadium come the summer.
“I think Robin wants to stay. He seems very happy,” Hill-Wood told the Daily Star.
“Nothing has been discussed, though it is obvious we want him to stay. He doesn't want to talk about a contract now and that's fine with us.”
Van Persie’s does not have very long to go on his contract and he will only be a year away from a free transfer next summer.
Arsenal could be faced with a similar situation to Samir Nasri, who they were effectively forced to sell in order not to lose him for free in the summer.
The Holland international has had the year of his career in 2011, scoring 33 goals in 32 Barclays Premier League games.
It is the first time in his career that Van Persie has avoided missing out through injury and he is thought to be finally fulfilling his potential.
Arsene Wenger signed the 28-year-old from Feyenoord in 2004 and he has developed into one of the world’s leading strikers.
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