Robin ready to extend Arsenal stay

Arsenal ace Robin van Persie has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will sign a new deal with the Gunners in the summer.

The Dutchman’s current deal expires at the end of next season, with reports suggesting new contract talks had stalled while he waited to see if his ambitions were matched by the North London outfit. Manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed that all contract talks will wait until the end of the campaign in order to focus solely on on-field success.

But with the Gunners having refound their form in recent weeks, and in the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League, Van Persie - who netted from the spot in Arsenal's 3-0 win against Villarreal on Wednesday - appears ready to commit his future to the club.

“We’ve had a couple of meetings now in a really positive atmosphere," he said.

"The main thing in these things is whether you both have the intention to extend but the way I see it is that we both have the intention to extend so there’s a big chance that I will stay.

“We are talking about a new deal, not now because as I read in the paper, the boss doesn’t want us to speak about it anymore. That’s his opinion, no problems with that. We’ll wait.

“We’ll go on with the meetings at the end of the season. I have a deal here, I do respect that and what happens after my deal I don’t know because we’re still talking.” ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan

Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter