Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal fully intend to extend Santi Cazorla’s contract which expires at the end of the season.
The midfielder is currently out injured and will not return until 2017 but is one of several players who are approaching the end of the their current deals.
Wenger says the club are working hard behind the scenes to secure their players’ long-term futures.
“We have a lot of work to do but you are only interested in two cases,” he said according to The Telegraph.
“We have started talking to Ox. We’ve started with Santi as well and will certainly extend with him. We will work with Giroud as well and on many players.”
The futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have dominated the headlines in recent days and the boss insisted that although the players are important no one is bigger than the club.
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“Arsenal is a big club,” he added. “It is not one or two players who will make the difference to the club.
“The importance is that we are today in a financial position that is strong, that was not the case before. That means as well we are in a position where we can plan our future, and do what we want to do.
“And what is important is always to take care of the values of the club, and the identity of the club, and not to depend too much on one or two players. The history of Arsenal is bigger than that.
“In every single club, at some stage, they lost big players. Or they had big players without knowing. Or things like that happened everywhere. Every club is full of regrets and full of decisions. What matters is the globality of the decisions.”
News of Cazorla’s extension will no doubt delight fans who have seen the team miss the midfielder’s influence in recent weeks and will hope his renewal is just the first of many.