Arsenal have been handed a triple boost with the confirmation that Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Gedion Zelalem have all signed new contracts.
The Gunners announced the news via their official website on Tuesday afternoon, two days after the team’s 1-0 Premier League victory over local rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane - a result which keeps the north London outfit’s dream of winning their first championship since 2004 alive.
Ramsey, who has been sidelined with a thigh injury since December, is rewarded for his excellent start to the season, during which he scored 13 goals in 27 appearances. Cazorla, meanwhile, has also pledged his long-term future to the Gunners after a superb first 18 months at the Emirates Stadium.
Zelalem is still just 17 years old, but has impressed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger since joining the club last January. The German midfielder signs his professional contract, and his manager is expressed his delight with the news that all three players have decided to stay with the club.
“We are very pleased that Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Gedion Zelalem have committed their futures to the club,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “Cazorla and Ramsey are absolutely key players for us, and this news is a boost to the whole club. Gedion is very young of course, but he has shown already that he has fantastic promise, and we all look forward to his development with us."
Ramsey, who has only recently become a fan favourite amongst the Gunners’ faithful, added: “I'm delighted to have signed a new contract. I've been here for six years and I'm so happy. I think we've shown so far this season what we're all about and the direction that this club wants to go in.
“I want to be a part of that, and to be a part of something special at Arsenal. We have a great team which we believe can achieve great things.”
While Spain international Cazorla, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Malaga in 2012, said: “I'm so happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. This club makes me very happy - the manager, my team-mates, the fantastic supporters, the stadium and the whole organisation here.
"I have had a great time with the Club since joining nearly two years ago, and I think that we can be a big player in competing for the top trophies in years to come and that's important for me. I have already had lots of good moments here and hopefully there will be many more to come.”
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