Over the last couple of weeks there have been various contract extensions signed by players such as Per Mertesacker, Tomas Rosicky and Santi Cazorla and this is good news for Arsenal as we look towards the future. The contract extension that I was most pleased about was Per Mertesacker as he has proved to be one of the best centre backs in the league this season. Per this season has been a fundamental part of Arsenal's team and his tactical awareness, positioning and his flourishing partnership with Laurent Koscielny has made him stand out from the crowd.Also beyond his ability on the pitch, I feel that his leadership on the pitch is one of his key assets. In most games like his team mate Mathieu Flamini barks orders at the team and is a natural born leader and is more of a captain that Vermaelen or Arteta will ever be.
Another contract that I am happy about is that of Tomas Rosicky who has been in fine form; his wonder strike against Spurs the most notable contribution. What impresses me about Rosicky is how direct he is and his ability to attack other teams defences without any fear. Loyalty, a word that springs to mindwhen I think of Rosicky, a man that has stayed at the club through thick and thin and battled through injuries and still has true passion to the team. Also he is the kind of player that won' t kick up a fuss if he doesn't play every game; he plays when he's needed and puts 110% effort into every game.
However, Bacary Sagna is a different issue as he has been reluctant to sign a contract extension and for me this could be seen as good and bad for Arsenal. Sagna has been at the club for seven years now and has been a consistent performer in most of his seasons with us; bar the season where he suffered a broken leg. This injury happened again against Norwich the season after and I do not believe he's been the same player as he was before then. Offensively Sagna is very good albeit not very strong at crossing but he's main weakness is his defensive duties. On many occasions this year he has been pressing far too forward thus leaving us exposed on the counter and conceding. If I were in Wenger's shoes I'd let Sagna go at the end of the season and bring in someone younger like Seamus Coleman. Although I do not want to see him stay there is doubting his loyalty to Arsenal football club.