Van Persie: I only want to win at Arsenal
Robin van Persie says he will not consider leaving Arsenal as winning a trophy in another club's colours would not mean as much to him as succeeding at Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie, who spent a large portion of the first half of the season sidelined due to injury, has been linked with a possible transfer to Inter Milan on Sunday morning having scored 12 goals in ten games in 2011.
However, Van Persie is adamant that he only wants to win silverware with the club he joined in May 2004. The Gunners have the chance to do just that next weekend when facing Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final.
"I don't have the inclination to go anywhere," Van Persie told the club's official magazine. "This is the best team for me to be in. The bottom line is that I want to win trophies with Arsenal, not with anybody else. I know you can win trophies in many countries and in many ways, but I want to do that in our way and in an Arsenal shirt.
"I'm sure I could win things at another team in another country, but would it feel like our trophy, my trophy? I'm not sure it would. Anything we win here will come from the heart and that's what I want. It's my dream and I see no point in speaking about other teams when I have these dreams. I think other people know that about me; I'm just hungry to win with Arsenal and that's it."
Van Persie's recent form has been the catalyst for Arsenal's continuing title challenge, and he scored the all-important equaliser in the 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona in midweek to spark a brilliant comeback from his side.
The Dutchman believes he has a point to prove after observing that some sections of the media had virtually written him off prior to a hat-trick against Wigan on January 22.
"I think some people had forgotten me a little bit," he said. "I could sense that when I scored my hat-trick against Wigan. I had the feeling that some people were surprised that I'd ever come back and do that for my club. Reading one or two articles was quite interesting, because apparently a few people didn't really think that I would come back as strong a player as I'd previously been.
"In my opinion that was never going to be the case, but that lack of pressure (of expectations) gave me the time to come back. When you don't play, people can forget you really quickly. There's always a new player, a new thing, football can change in one game. Now that I've come back with some goals, it's a new story for people and journalists might say 'He can make them champions' - but that's not the case, either."