Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners are close to tying down Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla to new long-term contracts.
Following in the footsteps of Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky, who both had deals confirmed last week, the two midfielders are being rewarded for their contribution at the Emirates in the last 18 months.
While the deals have yet to be signed off, Arsene Wenger was happy to go public on the negotiations in today’s press conference.
“Not yet,” he said when asked if the deals are done. “We are very close. Very close. We will announce as soon as we are over the line.”
The latest round of contract renewals mean that most of the squad have committed their long-term future to the club. Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianski and Nicklas Bendtner and loanees Viviano and Kallstrom aside, all first team members are covered until the end of next season.
One player whose future appears open to discussion, despite being under contract until 2016, is Lukas Podolski. His agent is this morning quoted playing up interest from Serie A giants Inter Milan stating:
“Serie A is always a League at a high level and Inter are an interesting club that wants to invest, as we have seen recently with Vidic,” Nassim Touihri told Calciomercato.com.
“But at the moment, we do not know what will happen in the future. Lukas is a universal striker, he can play multiple roles. He has played and will play as a prima punta, a seconda punta and a winger.
“Has anyone from Inter called me? I cannot answer this question, but I repeat that Lukas has a contract with the Gunners until 2016 and is very happy.”