Arsene Wenger has reassured Nicklas Bendtner that he has a significant role outlined for him in Arsenal's future.
The 22-year-old recently voiced his frustration at his lack of first-team football since recovering from a groin injury that had kept him sidelined for the majority of the season.
Bendtner had hinted that he may leave the Emirates in search of regular football but the Arsenal chief does not seem likely to sanction such a move.
The Danish international was left out of the squad that beat Everton on Sunday but Wenger claims it was due to a slight injury setback, rather than his spiky comments.
"He was not in the squad today because he had a little groin problem and I left him at home," said Wenger.
And the manager insisted he still had a future at the club when asked.
"Yes, for the length of his contract - that is three more years," he added.
"I want him to stay. I have known him since he was 16-years-old and I have a strong rapport with him.
"I like him as a player and a person, even if I do not agree with every statement. Overall I want him to stay and be part of the group."