LONDON: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie insisted he had no concerns about his Gunners' future as he collected the Football Writers' Player of the Year award on Thursday.
The Dutch striker insisted he would "always be a Gunner" after topping a journalists' poll, having already received the corresponding award from his peers in the Professional Footballers' Association.
Van Persie has scored an impressive 35 goals in all competitions so far this season and has helped propel Arsenal into third place in the Premier League -- a position which, if they retain it over the final two games of the season will ensure qualification for next season's Champions League proper.
There has been speculation as to whether Arsenal, set for a seventh successive year without a trophy, can hang onto the talented 28-year-old who has been attracting envious glances from Europe's leading clubs.
But van Persie was adamant he would be entering contract negotiations with Arsenal as planned once this season was finished.
"That is still the plan," he said. "We haven't set a date but I will have a meeting with the boss like we did before now. We will be having a meeting about my future, and lots of other things.
"Arsenal is an unbelievable club. The player I am today is because of Arsenal. When I actually signed the deal (to join Arsenal) it was a dream come true.
"If you ask the likes of Robert Pires how he feels, what he feels like he will say 'I feel like a Gunner' -- and whatever happens with me I will always be a Gunner." AFP