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Wenger wants RvP to show Arsenal loyalty

ESPN staff
July 4, 2012
Robin van Persie had a tough time at Euro 2012 © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger is hopeful the loyalty he has shown to Robin van Persie will be reciprocated by the Dutchman committing his future to Arsenal.

When Van Persie arrived at Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 he had a reputation as something of a loose cannon but he has had unswerving support from his manager. That has not changed, with Wenger describing his man as the "best striker" at Euro 2012 despite Netherlands losing all three games.

Focus is now on Van Persie's club future, with him in the final year of his contract. Rival clubs are sniffing around, with Juventus reported to have had a bid rebuffed, but talks are planned and Wenger has made it clear how important the 28-year-old is to his team.

"We want to keep Robin van Persie at all costs," Wenger said. "We depend on him offensively.

"I have always supported him, even in the hardest times, and I hope he ends his career at Arsenal."

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