Arsene Wenger insists the speculation surrounding the future of Robin Van Persie is not unsettling the Arsenal captain and he will continue to show his best form in the final two months of the season.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admitted this week he is a big fan of the Dutch striker and would be interested in signing him.
Van Persie is out of contract at the end of next season and Wenger will be reluctant to see him follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri and become the next big name star to leave the north London club.
But the Arsenal boss is adamant that Van Persie is happy to stay with the club and is hopeful he will not be distracted by Mancini or any other manager who talks about wanting to sign him.
Wenger said: "I cannot stop that (other managers talking), but in an ideal world. But it doesn‘t bother me too much. Robin is the leader of our club and I would like to specify he is not at the end of his contract.
"The key is to focus on your job which he does very well and enjoy your games. Nothing is unsettling. At our level we are professional people.
"I believe if you are to have one quality it is not to be unsettled because what is said of you by other clubs is part of the job.
"What is important is how much you want to win the next game and all the rest is basically not important."
Meanwhile, Wenger admits he was surprised to be charged with improper conduct by UEFA over comments he made about referee Damir Skomina following Tuesday night's Champions League match against AC Milan.
Wenger clashed with the Slovenian referee after his side were knocked out of the competition despite a 3-0 victory at Emirates Stadium.
When asked if he was justified in what he said, Wenger added: "Yes. I will keep my line of conduct until the end but I am quite surprised.
"I have played 200 European cup games and the situation is becoming a bit surprising."