This week has seen Arsenal rewarding some of their better performing players with new contracts as they plan ahead for next season.
The club gave extensions to German international defender Per Mertesacker and Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky earlier in the week - much to the pleasure of most of their fans.
That news broke as reports claimed Arsenal were also on the verge of offering new extensions to two players who have had great seasons at The Emirates Stadium - Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.
Cazorla was reportedly set to start earning around £80k-a-week - while Ramsey is said to become the club’s second highest earner behind Mesut Ozil on just over £100k-a-week.
So far that news has been nothing but conjecture - with no official word from Arsenal Football Club.
Until today that is.
Arsene Wenger spoke in his press conference about many things today - Daniel Agger, Jack Wilshere and team news - and he also briefly mentioned the deals for Cazorla and Ramsey.
When asked how the negotiations were going - and if contracts were already agreed for the dynamic duo he said:
“Not yet, but we are very close. Very close. We will announce as soon as we are over the line.”
So it seems Wenger is not at all worried about the futures of these two players.
It demonstrates that Arsenal are also learning lessons from their past.
They recently lost Robin Van Persie and Alex Song because their contracts were not lucrative or long enough to fend off interest - while the same also nearly happened with Theo Walcott - who entered the final six months of his deal in January 2013 before signing an extension.
Cazorla and Ramsey deserve their new contracts - they are both tireless workers who have stepped up at the right times for the club this season.
And when that announcement is made official - it will be good news for Arsenal and the Premier League.
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