By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists that Robin van Persie is too professional to be unsettled by speculation over his future.
The Arsenal captain's contract expires in the summer of 2013 and he has already confirmed that he will hold contract negotiations with the Club at the end of this season.
The media debate over Van Persie's future has gone on for a while but Wenger does not believe it affects the Dutchman.
"At our level we are professional people," said Wenger.
"I believe if you are to have one quality it is not to be unsettled because what is said of you by other clubs is part of the job. What is important is how much you want to win the next game and all the rest is basically not important.
"I cannot stop that [others talking about Van Persie]. In an ideal world maybe, but it doesn't bother me too much.
"Robin is the leader of our club and I would just like to specify that he is not at the end of his contract. He is under contract until 2013. So do your job, focus on your job which he does very well and enjoy your games."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 9 Mar 2012