According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are set to hand new contracts to club captain Mikel Arteta and French forward Olivier Giroud.
Giroud, who is sidelined for four months with a broken ankle, is under contract until 2016, but the Gunners are set to end any uncertainty over his future by offering last year’s top goalscorer an extended contract until 2018.
The club are also hopeful of securing the future of Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta, by offering the former Everton playmaker a 12-month deal in the coming weeks.
The moves come after Arsene Wenger strengthened his squad over the summer with a series of new additions including the high profile acquisitions of forwards Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck.
After adding to the existing squad, Arsenal now look to be turning their attention to securing the future of their current players.
French forward Giroud has scored a total of 41 goals for the club since joining from Montpellier in July 2012, including 22 goals in all competitions last year.
Arteta meanwhile has become a mainstay in the heart of the Arsenal midfield, making 127 appearances and scoring 15 goals, since signing from Everton in August 2011.
Do they deserve it?
Certainly in Giroud’s case yes, at 27-years-old he has a number of years at the top and has shown his importance within the Arsenal system. Tying him down to an extended deal is a no brainer.
For Arteta the case is a little more complicated. He has been a mainstay within the Gunners squad since his arrival from Everton but is not getting any younger at 32 and has had problems with injuries. The Spaniard is highly regarded by Wenger however, while he will still remain a valuable squad player and important presence in the dressing room over the next couple of seasons. No doubt his deal would be a single year extension that also seems sensible.
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