Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has called on the club to keep their top players this summer and avoid a repeat of the major departures of a year ago.

The Gunners lost Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva at the end of last season, and Van Persie has stressed the importance of keeping the current squad together.

"The main thing for me is that we stay together," Van Persie said.

He added: "If we lose three or four every year it is hard to get the spirit in. Hopefully we can stay here and have a real go at it.

"If we can produce games like we did this year there is room for improvement - if you look at our midfield it is between 20 and 22."

Centre-back Kolo Toure has hinted that he is ready to pledge his future to the club and play his part in keeping the squad together.

Toure said: "There is still time on my contract and I hope the club will show that they need me.

"When you love somebody it's important that they love you back. I have loved this club for years and I always give everything for the team.

"I have been here a long time and when I saw some players leaving the club last year that was difficult for me. Then when we didn't start the season well I was scared.

"You start to think that maybe the club don't need you any more. When it's like that and you are 28 you have to think about yourself as well. But I came back, I'm playing at the moment and I hope that will carry on."

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