Arsenal are close to finalising a new contract with Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, according to The Daily Mail.
29-year-old Cazorla, a veteran of 61 senior international caps, joined Arsenal from La Liga outfit Malaga in the summer of 2012 as part of a crucial period during which Arsene Wenger also managed to bring Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to the Emirates Stadium.
An incredibly skilful midfielder who possesses wonderful technique and a notable work ethic, Cazorla has gone on to become somewhat of a fan's favourite at the club.
He has made 21 appearances for Arsenal in the Premier League during what has been a successful 2013/4 season to date, netting four goals and laying on the same amount for his teammates as the Gunners have kept themselves in the very thick of the title race.
Although Cazorla has largely found himself forced into a wider role since the high-profile arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on the final day of last summer's transfer window, he is evidently still valued as an integral member of Weger's first-team setup.
Such news appears to be part of a package of positivity for Arsenal supporters, with it also being suggested that German defensive stalwart Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have also agreed to extend their stays with the club.
The Mail report that Mertesacker, who has formed a solid and important partnership with Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Arsenal backline, has approved of a deal that will see him remain with the club for the next three years and Rosicky has agreed a rolling contract.
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