With deals for both Santi Cazorla and Nuri Sahin set to be completed in the next couple of days, it was previously believed that both were being brought in to reinforce the Gunners' squad ahead of a season without the Dutchman's services.
However, Thursday's news sees a new development in the ongoing saga.
"On Wednesday there was a shift in his behaviour. He appeared more motivated and interested," the story reveals.
"Forty-eight hours earlier, the Dutchman appeared simply to be keeping in shape, biding his time and fulfilling his contract."
Although this by no means guarantees that van Persie will stay, such news will bring fresh optimism to Gunners fans.
There are those, however, that believe that the club's relationship with the player has been damaged beyond repair.
But to keep the striker at the club, along with the big-name signings that boss Arsene Wenger has already added, would render the Gunners a formidable force ahead of the upcoming season.
Picking a starting XI out of such a talented squad would certainly be a task for Wenger though, even if it is a problem he would certainly welcome.
With the club due to fly out to Germany for a preseason tour on Monday, all eyes will be fixed on the team plane to see whether or not van Persie is aboard.