Arsenal plan to announce senior star contract extensions

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Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has this afternoon confirmed that he expects the club to confirm a raft of contract extensions for senior players "in the near future", with Chief News Reporter for Sky Sports News Bryan Swanson reporting that negotiations with experienced players in the Gunners dressing room have progressed.

Arsene Wenger has been attempting to secure the long-term futures of Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky, who are both out of contract at the end of the season, while Per Mertesacker is another player who Arsenal want to lead their trophy push beyond the current campaign.

Gunners fans have been waiting anxiously for news of on important figures in terms of experience and quality at the Emirates, with Keswick moving to allay fears of a summer exodus by revealing Arsenal will confirm good news regarding contract talks at the earliest possible opportunity.

Keswick said: "Expect to be able to confirm, in the near future,that a number of our senior players have signed extended contracts."

Sagna in particular has proved a difficult nut to crack for Arsenal in terms of signing on the dotting line, with the French international free to talk to interested clubs over a potentially lucrative Bosman switch during the close season.

Rosicky's current deal also expires in June but the Czech international is widely expected to stay at the Emirates next season, while Mertesacker is under contract until 2015 but is set to be handed a bumper deal as reward for strong form and leadership over the last 12 months.

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