Contracts for Everyone! Four Arsenal Players to Ink New Deals

Ian Walton

According to various official and otherwise reputable sources, a quartet of Arsenal players are extending their stays at the club, but Bacary Sagna's not one of them (yet).

It hasn't been the happiest week for Arsenal fans, but this might help. According to a roundup involving Arsenal.com, the Guardian, and Arseblog, four Gunners will be extending their stays at the Emirates.

First off, the club's official site announced that Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (33) and German defender/very tall man Per Mertesacker (29) have officially re-signed with the club. Terms were not announced, though we can probably presume that Rosicky's deal is a short-term one, as he's 33 and all -- even though Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger publicly stated several weeks ago how important Rosicky is to the team.

Arseblog is packaging the Arsenal.com news with the belief that Santi Cazorla is gearing up for a new deal as well -- they report that his new salary would be in the neighborhood of £80,000 a week.

And, finally, the Guardian is reporting that Aaron Ramsey will sign a new deal this week, with a new weekly salary of around £100,000, putting him just under Mesut Özil as the club's second-highest paid player. Ramsey had more than two years remaining on his current contract, but according to the story, Wenger was willing to extend his deal and up his pay now.

Also, not to be lost in the Guardian story -- the happy report that RAMSEY IS BACK IN FULL TRAINING. Though he won't be available for the upcoming FA Cup tilt against Everton on Saturday, he could return for the Champions League away match in Munich on Mar. 11, and barring any setbacks (knocking on wood and crossing everything), he'll be in for the now-more-than-ever-must-win matches against Spurs on Mar. 16, Chelsea on Mar. 22, and Manchester City on Mar. 29.

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