Wenger 'confident' over Van Persie

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Arsene Wenger is confident he can retain the services of his star players this summer, with Arsenal captain Robin van Persie - among others - nearing the end of his contract.

Like their skipper, Theo Walcott and Alex Song will also be out of contract in summer 2013, and the trio have found themselves often linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie is likely to have no shortage of suitors as his Arsenal future remains uncertain, with the Dutchman having fired 26 goals in the Premier League this season.

Walcott and Song are also enjoying particularly impressive campaigns, with both featuring prominently during Arsenal's resurgence in recent weeks.

And Wenger is desperate to keep the trio with the club beyond the terms of their current deals.

“[We will try to arrange new contracts] very early,” Wenger told his weekly press conference.

“Yes I am [confident that these players will commit]. To say that I am always confident, yes I am. Of course we want to keep our best players.

“These players want to win things and they want to be in a team that has a chance. Our end of season will help that to help me convince them that they can [here]. It depends now how well we finish.

“Newspapers open talks now. They should inform me how much they offer and for how long because I would like to know!”

When he was questioned specifically about the prospects of keeping Walcott, Wenger added: “We are in the situation [with him] as we are in with Van Persie - it will be sorted out at the end of the season.

“He is playing very well. I think he has improved his technical level a lot, his links with other players and his calmness in front of goal. For me he is developing very well.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to further cement their position in the top four of the Premier League when they take on relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

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