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Everton addressing aging squad in market

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Wenger 'quite confident' over RVP

Arsene Wenger is "quite confident" that Robin van Persie will sign a new contract with Arsenal in the summer.

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Van Persie, 28, is set for talks with Arsenal when the season finishes ahead of entering the final 12 months of his existing deal at Emirates Stadium.

The Netherlands international has been in inspired form this campaign, scoring 35 goals in all competitions, and interest in his signature is likely to be high should he fail to commit to the Gunners.

But Wenger said: "Who would want to lose his best player? My desire and my wish is to find an agreement with Robin van Persie, extend the contract and stay with us for a longer time. Hopefully we can reach that.

"If that wouldn't happen, we will still want him to stay, but I am more focused on the first situation. I think what is important for us is that we find an agreement with him to be happy and to stay and finish his career here."

Wenger continued: "I cannot guarantee that it will go well, but I am quite confident. I believe Robin is committed to the club, I feel that the club has shown great commitment to him over the years and put great faith in him.

"I brought him here a long, long time ago and he has developed fantastically well as a man and as a player. Today he is a world-class player and he deserves great credit. Hopefully we can keep him here."

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