Arsenal close to agreeing Mertesacker & Rosicky contracts

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Arsenal are close to agreeing contract extensions with Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky, according to the Independent.

Mertesacker, who has 95 caps for Germany, has emerged as a key player in Arsenal's defensive ranks over the last 12 months and Arsene Wenger is keen to tie down his long-term future. 

Mertesacker's current deal expires in the summer of 2015 but his new deal will keep him in north London until 2017.

The contract has come as a reward for his fine form this season and his continued role as stand-in captain in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.

Rosicky is also believed to be close to signing a deal to keep him at the club for one more year.

The Czech international has rekindled some of the fine form he experienced prior to his injury troubles and has given Wenger a refreshing option in midfield.

With his contract set to expire in the summer, Rosicky is free to discuss terms with clubs from abroad but it is though the 33-year-old is settled at the Emirates and is keen to stay.

The same cannot be said for Bacary Sagna though, who is thought to be holding out for a three-year deal but is only being offered two.

Wenger is reluctant to give Sagna three years in keeping with his infamous policy for over-30s but is keen to keep the 30-year-old at the club.

Despite rejecting Arsenal's first two offers, the Gunners are preparing a third in an attempt to keep him at the club beyond this season.

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