Arsenal latest: Trio sign new deals as striker offers 'come and get me' plea

Aaron Ramsey

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Arsenal kicked off the week with a 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham in the North London, and just 48 hours later, they are celebrating again as a trio of Gunners stars have committed their futures to the club. Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla, key figures in the Arsenal starting line-up, have signed new contracts, whilst youngster Gedion Zelalem, 17, will also extend his stay under Arsene Wenger.

Ramsey in particular has been vital when fit this season, and the Welsh international has told of his delight at signing a new deal with the club having arrived from Cardiff City in 2008.

“I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I have been here for six years and I am so happy,” Ramsey said. “I think we have shown so far this season what we are 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," he added.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are expected to be in the market for a new striker this summer, and one name that has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Belgian youngster Michy Batshuayi, who has been coined 'the next Romelu Lukaku' by some.

Teams around Europe are watching the 20-year-old Standard Liege hitman with intent, but he has admitted that he wants to move to Arsenal this summer, citing their focus on young players as a big reason for his desire.

"I want to move on. Maybe I will think about a longer stay if we play in the Champions League, but I want to progress as a player. My preferred destinations are England or Germany. If you ask my favourite team, I'll say Arsenal."

"It is a club with a good philosophy, where youngsters get their chance. I've been an Arsenal fan since I was a kid," Batshuayi said.

The current crop of Arsenal youngsters were in action today, but they were beaten 4-2 by Barcelona as they crashed out of UEFA Youth League. Goals from Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom had Arsenal level at 2-2 heading into the final minutes, but a late brace for the Catalans sealed Arsenal's exit.

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