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Arsenal boss eyes new contracts for trio

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Arsene Wenger will prioritise getting some of his top performing stars tied down on new deals after sealing the signature of Mesut Ozil, claims the Daily Mirror.

The Arsenal boss is hoping to get veteran Tomas Rosicky signed up after impressing in the midfield towards the latter half of last season.

Rosicky, 32, became a key part of the team that won eight of their last 10 games and helped the club seal that all-important top four place.

The Czech international is in the final year of his deal but Wenger is keen to get a one year extension signed soon.

Similarly, Bacary Sagna is also in the last year of his contract.

It was widely expected that Sagna would depart this summer with Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin coming through the ranks to challenge the Frenchman.

However, Sagna looks to have been reborn after moving in to the centre-back position and is seen as a valuable, versatile player in Wenger's back four.

Per Mertesacker, who had a slow start to Gunners life, was another star of the Arsenal team that found their form towards the latter stages of last season, forming a formidable partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the process.

The 28-year-old is entering the last two years of his contract and Wenger will be keen to avoid a situation akin to that of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri where he was held to ransom by the players after letting their contracts enter their final year.

Mertesacker may have earned himself an extra few quid on that new contract offer after it was revealed the player helped convince Ozil to join the club.

His telephone call to the German star was thought be highly influential in Ozil's decision to join Arsenal ahead of other suitors. 

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