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Arsenal may be planning to face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, but Arsene Wenger has also been focusing on the contract situations at the Emirates Stadium. Today, Wenger confirmed that his compatriot, Olivier Giroud, has agreed to extend his contract at the club - despite him currently being sidelined through injury.
"It is done," Wenger admitted. "We want stability and to keep the core of our team together. Giroud is an important player here. It is agreed. When it is completely done, we will announce it."
Giroud may not be the only one to receive a new contract, with midfielder Mikel Arteta also believed to be on the verge of extending his stay in North London. The Spaniard, 32, is also currently out injured but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, reports suggest that the former Everton star will pen a new one-year contract.
Away from the Emirates Stadium, forward Gervinho has blamed his former manager Wenger for his lack of success at the club. The Ivorian was signed from Lille back in 2011 after a prolific stint in France, but struggled to make an impact at Arsenal. Now with Roma under his former Lille boss Rudi Garcia, Gervinho says his upturn in form is because he is finally playing under a manager who believes in him.
"At Roma the coach and the staff showed confidence in me from the first day – and because of that I have able to show exactly what I am capable of," Gervinho said. "I think the proof of what I can do is shown by a coach that has confidence in me."
"Maybe Arsenal now think they should have shown more confidence in me – but that is not my problem. All my concentration is on a successful season with Roma," he added.