Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is convinced Robin van Persie will be staying. Most of the top clubs in Europe are likely to be interested in the Dutch striker, who has bagged a staggering 30 Premier League goals this season.

"We haven't talked to Robin yet, but I spoke to Arsene (Wenger) recently.

He is very confident he will stay and I very much hope he will," said Hill-Wood in the Daily Star.

"He has had a wonderful season with us."

Asked if it was vital to qualify for the Champions League if they want Van Persie to stay, Hill-Wood said: "I don't know.

"We have had no official approaches from any other club, as far as I am aware." Hill-Wood said there had been no progress over Theo Walcott either. He also has just a year left on his deal.