Van Persie wants Arsenal stay

The 25-year-old has 18 months left on his current contract with the Gunners.

“In Spanish papers, there are so many names mentioned and I haven’t heard anything concrete from Barcelona,” he said.

“I can’t do anything about these rumours. I’m still in negotiations with Arsenal and it’s going well, in a very positive atmosphere.

“There are further meetings planned.

“Financially, Arsenal’s last offer is fine, but that isn’t everything for me. It’s about my ambitions and how they can be fulfilled.

“The club and I want the same and it’s our intention to achieve that. We have all the other factors in place – fantastic stadium, dedicated support and money in the bank.

“Now it’s about making that final push.

“In the last four years, I’ve won only one prize, the FA Cup, and that is too little. I want to push through and achieve more. That is something is something I feel in my mind and my body.

“It’s difficult to explain but I certainly feel can play an important role in taking Arsenal to a higher level.”

He added in Champions magazine: “I believe the wild days are behind when you reach 25.

“From this age on, you should be reaping the rewards of what you’ve learned.

“After seven years in professional football, I now have what I need to go further.”