Last Updated: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:49
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes manager Arsene Wenger and star striker Robin van Persie will be at the club for years to come.
Arteta has made his comments about van Persie despite rumoured interest in signing the player from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City.
The Dutchman's contract with the Gunners is due to expire in under 18 months' time and while the Premier League's leading goalscorer has been staying tight-lipped on his future plans, Arteta doesn't think he will leave the Emirates Stadium any time soon.
He told Sky Sports: "I can't really see him going but if he does, you have to continue."
The former Everton man is also full of praise for Wenger who has come through one of his most challenging spells as the Arsenal manager, with his credibility still intact.
The Spaniard pinpoints the north London derby win over Tottenham as the turning point, having fought back from 2-0 down to win 5-2 in February.
At the time, Wenger's position looked precarious to say the least, but an outstanding run of form since that victory has taken them above Spurs and into third place in the Premier League in the race for an automatic Champions League qualification spot.
Arteta added: "That made us believe a lot, and after they had a bad result everything started to turn in our favour.
"I think they have to think about how they were 13 points clear and now [they are behind].
"He's been here for 15 years and he's got the respect of the players, the staff, and everybody at the club. I think it is not easy for him to leave."
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