The flying Dutchman has had a year to remember after netting a total 35 goals in 2011, just one shy of Alan Shearer’s record, and has had made many Gooners anxious by delaying contract talks until the summer.
This paved the way for Manchester City to get involved and reports suggest that the cash-rich side may launch a £30million deal at the end of the season.
But the Holland striker has two young children with his wife Bouchra and has admitted he enjoys life in London, and the ideal situation would be to remain there.
We love the life in London and I enjoy watching my kids grow up here. They grow up like the English kids with good manners and values of England.
The place where we live, just outside the city, is fantastic. We have everything we want.
The English people are so incredibly polite where I live. People are nice here. That makes life a real pleasure.
My children have become more English than Dutch. They have taken up the culture and values of England.
It makes me melt at times when I see how well my children are doing here. When Shaqueel has half-term with school, he does not want to go back to the Netherlands any more.
Van Persie also paid tribute to Gunners fans in an interview with a Dutch newspaper, admitting that hearing his name chanted is among his biggest thrills.
That is the biggest compliment I could wish for. Arsenal fans are real lovers of the game.
They don’t miss a thing. I like the banners, everything they do. When I come on to the pitch, I hear them chant.
At Arsenal the fans so want me to do well. And that gives me a kick. That’s what I do it for. As a thank you, I want to give them so much in return in matches.
Van Persie has in the past vented his frustration about the clubs lack of silverware and expressed concern over the clubs future. However he has cleared any anxiety over Arsenal’s future as he hailed the North London sides talented young stars.
No player here is bigger than the club. Arsenal will always come first. Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Dennis Bergkamp used to be the players who people came to the stadium for.
They thought there would be nothing once they had done. But here, at Arsenal, everyone can see that young talent grow into new stars.
Look at Theo Walcott, look at Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Young players are given the opportunity to grow and develop.
It is extremely promising for Gunner fans to hear Van Persie speak so fondly of them and even as England as a country. It’s highly unlikely that he will leave overseas or even out of London now, so his most likely destinations are either Chelsea or to remain at Arsenal, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that he will resign at Arsenal now. The team is developing well, and despite this evenings loss to Fulham, the squad is strong and has the potential to do well this season in the FA Cup, Champions League and acquire a top four finish in the Premier League.
Hopefully Van Persie’s f0rm can continue, and with Henry coming on board he will have genuine quality support up front which can hopefully push us towards some sort of silverware this season! Common you Gunners!!