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Wenger wants Van Persie commitment

Arsene Wenger "dreams" that Robin van Persie will sign a contract with Arsenal that keeps him at Emirates Stadium until the end of his career.

Van Persie's current deal expires at the end of the 2012-13 season leading to speculation over his future, the Gunners having seen Samir Nasri leave this summer after entering the final 12 months of his terms.

Netherlands international Van Persie has been in scintillating form for the Gunners this season, netting 31 Premier League goals in 2011, and subsequently it has been suggested interest is mounting in his services.

But Wenger said: "My dream is that van Persie stays until the end of his career at this club. I will do the maximum I can to try to convince him and I hope I will manage to do that."

Of Van Persie's display versus Norwich on Saturday, where he netted twice in a 2-1 win, Wenger said: "He is exceptional and has something that you cannot give to people.

"For the second goal, he finished with a chip on his right foot - and I have never seen a bigger left-footed player than Robin van Persie. He always makes the right decisions in a fraction of a second when there is little time available, that makes him exceptional."

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