Jeremie Aliadiere has revealed if he did not see his future being with Arsenal then he would not have stayed with The Gunners as long as he has.
The French striker has been with the North Londoners for eight years now, but the Rambouillet-born ace has never been a first-team regular.
Aliadiere had loan spells with Celtic, West Ham and Wolves last season, but is now back at Arsenal after failing to impress with the trio.
The 23-year-old gave Arsene Wenger a gentle reminder of his goalscoring prowess in midweek with a brace in their Carling Cup win over West Brom.
Aliadiere is delighted to be back among the goals and is hopeful Wenger will call upon his services again in the not too distant future.
"Of course," Aliadiere told the club's official website when asked if his future remained with The Gunners.
"I love Arsenal. [Otherwise] I would not have stayed at the club all this time. There were times when I could have gone but I always wanted to be here.
"It is just a matter of training everyday, doing my best and, when I get the chance like this, just showing the boss I am ready to play.
"It is the first game I have started with the first team this season so obviously I wanted to do well. But for the team it is a cup and obviously we wanted to go through to the next round.
"I have grown up. I have been here for eight years now and other younger players have come in. But I am happy at the club and I want to stay and do my best.
"Sometimes before when I was in the team I got injuries and then after I went out on loan and it did not work out really good for me.
"But now every time I go on the pitch I want to do my best. Anytime I have got the chance I will try to show the boss that I am ready to play. After that it is up to him."