Arsenal latest: Former Gunners star speaks of joy at Wenger contract

Per Mertesacker

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has finally ended the speculation surrounding his future by penning a new three-year deal with the Gunners. Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought came to an end in May with their 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City, and with optimism returning to North London, former Gunners striker Thierry Henry has spoken of his delight at his former boss' decision to stay.

"Knowing Arsene I knew he was going to stay - especially after winning the FA Cup final," said Henry. "He loves the club so much that I think it is always going to be difficult for him to leave this club, he signed another three years and hopefully they can be successful. You only miss people when they have gone and then you will probably realise what he has done for the club."

Meanwhile, German international defender Per Mertesacker enjoyed a successful season alongside Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Arsenal defence. The former Werder Bremen man has become one of the key senior players in the Arsenal squad, and ahead of the World Cup, Mertesacker says that the respect he gets from his team mates is important.

“I think it's better if the team respects me and my performances,” Mertesacker said. “That's more important for myself, that I'm well known here. I want to help the team and that is my target. Everything else comes one at a time. If you play well here, if you are respected well by your team-mates and you perform well then others will get to know more about you. So the first step for me was to help my team-mates, to give the right performances. But you have to maintain that level. That's really difficult.”

Arsenal are believed to be interested in adding an experienced goalkeeper after the departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviani, and whilst the likes of Norwich's John Ruddy and Cardiff's David Marshall have been linked, speculation in Spain today suggests that Argentine stopper Willy Caballero is a key target for Wenger - and they could sign him for just €9m rather than the reported €20m buyout clause in his contract.

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