Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky hand Arsenal double boost

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Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have today both penned new contracts at the Emirates, pledging their commitment to the fight for silverware in North London as the Gunners begin the process of tieing down their top stars to long-term deals.

Rosicky was out of contract at the end of the season before putting pen to paper on fresh terms, which will see the 33-year-old spend the rest of his playing career with Arsenal in a deal believed to last until 2016.

The Czech international told the club's official website that his big goal remains to win the Premier League with Arsenal, a target he remains completely focused on achieving before hanging up his boots.

He told the club's official website: "I'm very happy that I'm staying here.

"I can say that I'm proud that I'm still here after such a long time and that it still continues so I'm glad I'm here.

"One big factor is that I want to win the league with Arsenal. It's my big goal and I will do everything that I can to achieve it. I've said many times that I believe that we are strong enough."

Mertesacker meanwhile has also pledged his best years to Arsene Wenger's side after becoming a crucial component of Arsenal's title challenge this season, providing authority and leadership in central defence.

The 29-year-old insisted that the decision to stay in England was a no-brainer, while also making it very clear that the search for silverware is at the forefront of his mind.

He said: "It was easy for me to commit myself to the club. I have been here for two and a half great years and feel I have great support from everyone at the club and the fans.

"I’m really looking forward to having more years coming up with this fantastic club. We have a great team here and we all want to do our best to win trophies.”

One Gunners star's future which remains very much up for debate though is Bacary Sagna, with the French international's current contract expiring in June and no sign of an agreement over extending that day forthcoming.

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