Robin Van Persie says his life at the Emirates and in London has been a happy one.
Speaking to reporters in a recent interview, he said his family loves it in London where polite neighbors have made them feel welcomed.
We love the life in London and I enjoy watching my kids grow up here. They grow up like the English kids with good manners and values of England.
The place where we live, just outside the city, is fantastic. We have everything we want.
The English people are so incredibly polite where I live. People are nice here. That makes life a real pleasure.
My children have become more English than Dutch. They have taken up the culture and values of England.
It makes me melt at times when I see how well my children are doing here. When Shaqueel has half-term with school, he does not want to go back to the Netherlands any more.
Van Persie came to London on 17 May 2004 on a four-year deal with Arsenal, worth just a measly £2.75 million, by all accounts a bargain, considering the immense talent he possessed even at the time.
Although injury would hamper the blossoming of this native talent in the coming years, the flowering appears to be at hand at last. In the current season, Van Persie already is leading the Premiership scoring chart with 16 goals, just half-way through the season.
In the just concluded calendar year, Van Persie scored an amazing 50 goals in all competitions—
a goal harvest that enabled him to break the club record of 34 Premiership goals held by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Furthermore, at 35 Premiership goals over a calender year, he fell just one goal short of Alan Shearer's all-time record of 36 goals.
Robin Van Persie considers the support of Arsenal fans an essential factor in his success.
For example, to show their appreciation for his dedicated contribution to the club, the fans unfurled a banner recently that read: "We don’t need Batman, we’ve got Robin." On that, Van Persie comments:
It is the biggest compliment I could wish for. Arsenal fans are real lovers of the game.
They don't miss anything in the stadium and are there for the team and the individual players.
He also loves the atmosphere at games.
I also love it when I run on to the pitch, and I hear the entire crowd roar. What bigger compliment could I wish for as player?
At Arsenal, the fans so want me to do well. And that gives me a kick. That's what I do it for. As a thank you, I want to give them so much in return on the pitch.
Commenting on the interview, Sky Sports think it might be the biggest hint yet that he'd stay at Arsenal come May.