Wenger confident Walcott and Van Persie will sign new Arsenal deals

The Dutch captain has been linked with a switch away from the Emirates in the summer, while the 23-year-old's form has been questionable, but both are set to renew their contracts

Arsene Wenger has stated the long-term futures of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott will be resolved before the end of the season, with the Frenchman confident the duo will both sign new deals at Arsenal.

The Dutchman has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with Real Madrid and Manchester City believed to be keen on the striker, while the 23-year-old’s time in north London had come under increasing scrutiny from the club’s fans.

However, Walcott’s form has taken a turn for the better over recent weeks, and Wenger remains sure that both player’s will commit themselves to the club.

"With Theo and Van Persie, that will be sorted out at the end of the season," he told reporters.

"Theo is playing very well. He has improved his technical level a lot, his links with other players and his calmness in front of goal. He is developing very well.

"It is something I will look to sort out very early. Yes, I am confident they will sign. To say that I am always confident, yes I am.

"We want to keep our best players."

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