London: Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has rubbished reports he wants to leave the Gunners after their miserable start to the season.
Arsene Wenger's side have lost four of their seven Premier League games, including an 8-2 humiliation at Manchester United, and are already almost out of the title race.
Arsenal's woes have compounded the negative feeling around a club that lost two of their best players, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, during the close-season and it has been suggested that van Persie would follow them out of the Emirates Stadium.
Van Persie added to the exit fears when he said recently that he was in no rush to extend his contract, which expires in 2013.
But the Dutch forward used his column in the Arsenal matchday programme for Sunday's clash against Sunderland to reaffirm his commitment to the north London club.
"There have been many stories in the media lately. I am committed to Arsenal. That's how it is," said van Persie, who has been annoyed by a recent report that claimed he had put his house up for sale.
"I moved house last year. I see stories which make me laugh, but I can see how frustrating it is from the fans' point of view.
"I am committed to Arsenal. I am the captain. Don't believe everything you read.
"As for that house story, the house has been for sale for a while, but I'm not living on the streets or anything.
"I have found a really nice house, and yes, it's in London. So I want to put that straight. I am committed and I will show that on the pitch."