Santi Cazorla will stay at Arsenal for another year after the club activated a clause in his contract, according to Football Association paperwork.
The midfielder’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season but documents show that the Gunners moved to extend his deal on December 20, which now runs until 2018.
Cazorla has proven a huge player for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2012 and has been badly missed after being ruled out through injury recently.
The midfielder was originally expected back next month after undergoing surgery but Arsene Wenger has since admitted he has suffered a big setback and there are genuine fears he may not play again this season.
Cazorla suffered a similar end to last season with injury ruining his campaign and with his contract set to expire this summer may supporters feared they may have seen the last of him in an Arsenal shirt.
However, it now appears that Cazorla will be available for next season which should give the Gunners a huge boost, with the Spaniard a key member of the squad.
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Arsenal also revealed yesterday that they had also activated a clause in Per Mertesacker’s contract that will also keep him at the Emirates for a further year.
Player contracts have dominated the headlines recently for Arsenal with Olivier Giroud, Laurent Kocelny and Francis Coquelin having also recently signed new deals.
However, there is still concern over England trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs who are reportedly yet to begin talks over new deals.
Meanwhile, and perhaps most importantly, the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, remain far from certain with talks continuing.