In his first interview since overcoming his injury problems, the midfielder revealed he thinks of the Gunners as his "perfect club" and and that he is perfectly happy to stay there and attempt to reach the same number of appearances as the likes of Tony Adams.
"I’ve been at this club 10 years and to come through the academy at Hale End and break into the first team is a great story. It’s a dream," he said.
"To have my family 20 minutes from the training ground and an hour from the stadium is perfect for me. Cesc wanted to go home. Home for me is Arsenal. Cesc wanted to go back to his family and friends. My family and friends are 20 minutes away. It’s perfect.
"I’ve played 39 games in the Premier League, which is nothing when you look at players like Tony Adams and how many appearances they made. That’s something I want to do."
Across London, Ashley Cole has spoken to his former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti about a possible move to Paris St Germain, according to another report in the Daily Mail.
The paper cites a French weekly called Le 10 Sport, who claim Ancelotti spoke to the England defender about the club's project and wanted to know Cole's thoughts about a possible transfer to France.
Cole is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and, with the Blues only offering a one-year extension to his current deal, has been linked with a move elsewhere.
Cole's former Arsenal team-mate Robert Pires told Le 10 Sport: "Paris could be interesting for him, at a sporting level and a financial level."
To Liverpool, where manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club must never again be in a position where they have to sell players of the calibre of Fernando Torres.
The Chelsea striker comes face-to-face with his former employers on Sunday and most papers carry the Reds boss's quotes about his determination to hang onto the latest jewel in the club's crown Luis Suarez ahead of the big game.
“Of course, it is hard to compete with the money the big clubs have to spend on the big players," Rodgers said."But we can’t just give up because we are not in the same financial league as other clubs. It is up to us to find a way of dealing with that.”
Meanwhile Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling wants a monstrous £50,000 a week to stay at Anfield, according to the Mail.
The 17-year-old starlet is poised to reject an initial offer of a new deal worth in the region of £20,000 a week. Sterling's camp, the paper says, believe he deserves closer to £50,000 a week, putting him in the same bracket as other established first-teamers.
The Guardian reports that Roberto Mancini still has the full backing of Manchester City's Abu Dhabi hierarchy, despite his admission that he was sounded out by Monaco last season and the Italian's recent outburst after the draw with Ajax.
The view of the board, the report says, is "relaxed" and that "they accept, just as any number of City's star players may be of interest to other top clubs, so too is Mancini due to his status as one of the game's elite managers".
To the North-East, where Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is convinced Andy Carroll will return to play for the Magpies some day.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Pardew believes the lure of returning home would be too great for the Liverpool striker, despite his good form during a loan spell with West Ham.
Newcastle are one of a number of clubs to have joined the race to sign Thomas Ince from Blackpool, according to The Sun.
The England U21 midfielder is also wanted by Tottenham but Manchester United are thought to be in pole position to win his signature after his dad Paul met with Alex Ferguson.
Ince Jnr, who is out of contract in the summer, is rated at £8 million.
The suitors of another in-demand midfielder, Adel Taarabt, have been told to forget about signing him.
QPR manager Mark Hughes claims in The Sun that the Moroccan star, who has been in great form since returning from injury, is happy at Loftus Road and has no intention of crossing London and signing for Arsenal.
And finally for today's tabloid tittle tattle, Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin is one of 10 players targeted by Reading as the Royals plan a January splurge.
The Daily Mirror claims Reading owner Anton Zingarevich wants an overhaul of the squad, although manager Brian McDermott believes he can turn things around at the club without such major changes.
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