By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger is confident he can keep his stars at Emirates Stadium and wants to arrange new contracts for them as soon as the season ends.
Negotiations are expected to begin with a number of players after Arsenal’s Premier League campaign and Wenger is keen to persuade the likes of Robin van Persie that his future lies with Arsenal.
“[We will try to arrange new contracts] very early,” he said. “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!”
Theo Walcott in particular has impressed over the last month and Wenger believes the England winger is developing at a healthy rate.
“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 said.
“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.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 30 Mar 2012