Arsenal have secured the services of midfield stars Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, as well as up and comer Gedion Zelalem on fresh terms.
These deals have been in the pipeline for some time, but the news will only enhance the positivity within the club at present, with Arsene Wenger claiming it’s a “big boost” to secure the services of two of his most creative midfielders.
Cazorla is thought to have signed a £80-90k-a-week deal that will keep him in north London until 2017, while Ramsey’s new deal reportedly improved terms from his current £60k-a-week contract until 2018 he signed last year, lifting him up to around the £90k mark.
Arsene Wenger revealed his delight at the new deals:
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.
Cazorla, 29, has been a vital cog in the Gunners midfield since his arrival in 2012 becoming a crowd favorite with his silky skills, rapid feet and accurate ambidextrous shooting boots.
The Spain international has developed on his opening season, shifting to a wider role but still contributing regularly. He has high hopes for this Arsenal side and feels they can be a “big player” in the years to come.
The midfielder said:
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.
For Aaron Ramsey, 23, his time in north London has been turbulent to say the least. Quickly developing into the “next Fabregas” after arriving as a youngster, the Welshman suffered a horrific leg break that dictated the next two seasons of his career as he began a long road to recovery and form.
This season however he’s been a player reborn. Absolute stunning first half to the season prior to a niggly thigh injury that is still keeping him on the sidelines. He’s proven to be a world class talent that will only develop further over the coming years, and his commitment to the club is only positive for the future of the Gunners.
I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. 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.
Massive news from the Gunners, with Ramsey and Cazorla joining Tomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker in committing their futures to the club.
It is exciting to hear Zelalem also stepping into the limelight after a relatively quiet year from him on the first team front which is expected, he will be eager for some pre-season action in the summer with perhaps a loan move on the cards next campaign.
Congratulations to the trio, as Wenger said, it’s a big boost for the club.
Player Summaries via Arsenal.com
Cazorla has established himself as a key figure in the Arsenal midfield since his arrival from Malaga in August 2012. The 29-year-old Spain international was voted Arsenal Player of the Season last term, and with 49 appearances, featured more than any other Gunners player in 2012/13. He has continued his fine form this year.
Ramsey enjoyed an outstanding start to this season, contributing 13 goals from midfield in 27 appearances before sustaining a thigh injury in December. Four league goals, including two away to Sunderland, and a series of superb displays saw the Welshman named Barclays Player of the Month in September. Ramsey, 23, has featured a total of 177 times for Arsenal since joining the Club in 2008.
Zelalem, 17, has shown great potential since joining the Club in January 2013. The Germany youth international impressed for the first team in pre-season, playing in all four games of the Asia Tour and against Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup.
He made his competitive first-team debut on January 24, coming on as a substitute in Arsenal’s 4-0 victory over Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round. This is his first professional contract.