Arsenal have today announced that Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed contract extensions with the club.
The pair have made 450 appearances for Arsenal between them; Walcott is currently the club's longest-serving player and has made 302 appearances and scored 50 league goals since his move from Southampton as a 16-year-old.
He struggled for playing time last season following his recovery from a knee injury but made a huge impact towards the end of the season, scoring a hat trick against West Brom on the final day of the league season and opening the scoring in the Gunners' 4-0 FA Cup final victory over Aston Villa.
The England international's contract extension is reportedly worth £140,000 per week and will be a huge relief for Arsenal fans following speculation he may leave the club. Liverpool and Chelsea were potential suitors.
Like Walcott, Santi Cazorla has also scored in an FA Cup final, netting in the 2014 cup triumph against Hull City. The Spaniard has made 148 appearances since his move from Malaga in 2012 and scored 27 goals. He has represented his country 73 times and scored 11 goals as he helped Spain to Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 triumph. He also played in the 2014 World Cup as Spain failed to qualify from their group.
Following the announcement, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger expressed his delight: “We’re delighted to have extended the contracts of Santi and Theo. Both are top quality players who are hugely important and influential to our squad.
"As well as their huge contributions on the pitch, they both have a great deal of experience and are very popular off the pitch. We’re very pleased with them both signing contract extensions, as it provides our squad with further stability of quality.”
Arsenal play Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday in the season's traditional curtain-raiser, the Community Shield. The Gunners then begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham United a week later on August 9.