Arsenal’s English striker Theo Walcott and Spanish midfielder have both signed long term contract extensions with the North London club with Walcott set to earn an impressive £140,000 per week matching the top earners for the Gunners.
Walcott, whose contractual situation has been up in the air for some time, finally put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in North London until 2019 and prevent his old deal running out next summer. The 26 year old who has scored 50 goals for the Gunners will be looking to justify his significant pay hike this season after having a turbulent past few years with various injuries and periods which saw him out of favour for the manager during the season.
Cazorla, 30, has put pen to paper on a deal that will add a further two years to his existing contract, this comes as a sigh of relief for Arsenal fans who might have been concerned with the possibility of the magical Spaniard seeking pastures new during the summer transfer window.
Speaking after today’s announcement Arsene Wenger said the following,
“Both are top-quality players who are hugely important and influential to our squad,”
“As well as their huge contributions on the pitch, they both have a great deal of experience and are very popular off the pitch.”
It is unsurprising that Wenger is pleased to secure the futures of both Walcott and Cazorla considering their senior status within the current first team squad, Theo Walcott is currently the longest serving player in the squad and the possibility of his loss could have been damaging to the club.
With plenty of time remaining in the summer transfer window Arsenal fans will be hoping Wenger’s attention can now fully turn towards the possibility of adding a striker or defensive midfielder that would convert this side into genuine title contenders.
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