Arsenal have confirmed that Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey have signed new deals at the Emirates while 17-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem has penned his first professional contract.
The trio of deals comes hot on the heels of extensions for both Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky and further consolidates the stability of the Gunners first team squad.
Speaking about the successful negotiations, Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com:
“We are very pleased that Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Gedion Zelalem have committed their futures to the Club. Cazorla and Ramsey are absolutely key players for us, and this news is a boost to the whole club.
“Gedion is very young of course, but he has shown already that he has fantastic promise, and we all look forward to his development with us.”
Having committed his long-term future to the club as recently as last year, Aaron Ramsey looks set for a bumper pay increase following an impressive upturn in form.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract,” the Welshman reflected. “I’ve been here for six years and I’m so happy. I think we’ve shown so far this season what we’re all about and the direction that this club wants to go in. I want to be a part of that, and to be a part of something special at Arsenal. We have a great team which we believe can achieve great things.”
Santi Cazorla added on his own deal: “I’m so happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. This club makes me very happy – the manager, my team-mates, the fantastic supporters, the stadium and the whole organisation here.
“I have had a great time with the Club since joining nearly two years ago, and I think that we can be a big player in competing for the top trophies in years to come and that’s important for me. I have already had lots of good moments here and hopefully there will be many more to come.”