Proof Arsenal will NOT be gunning for Casillas, Valdes, Adler?

Speculative links to Europe's hottest goalkeepers may now ebb after latest Emirates news.

According to The Mirror, Arsenal and first-choice glovesman Wojtech Szczesny have negotiated a new contract that will more than double the Polish shot-stoppers monthly earnings.

The considerable increase in Szczesny's salary is effectively a vote of confidence from manager Arsene Wenger, as Wojtech was hit by substandard form and inconsistency last season, only to embark on a superb showing this year, punctuated particularly well by his heroics against Crystal Palace.

With a man sent off and during a forceful spell by the Eagles, Arsenal were under pressure as Palace continually threatened to level the scoreline, however, he produced a brace of palming saves, deflecting the football away from his goal-line, prior to the Gunners doubling their lead at the other end of the pitch.

Currently pocketing around £40,000 per week, Szczesny's new contract will see his weekly incomings rise to £100,000 per week as the four year duration of the deal is worth a whopping £20m.

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Arsenal's faith in Szczesny will effectively kill the mounting press murmurs that the North Londoners were assessing their goalkeeping options ahead of the winter transfer window combined with the potential availability of high calibre players such as Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes of Barcelona and Rene Adler from Hamburger SV as the agreement sees the 23-year-old close in on the club's highest earners.

Meanwhile, Szczesny, who kept his sheet clean during Arsenal's victory over Liverpool on Saturday, November 3, told the club's official website of his delight at the Gunners' display: '[Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez] are both among the best strikers in the Premier League, it's always hard to play against them but we did that with the clean-sheet.

'They didn't create a lot of chances so, credit to our defence, it was a very good defensive performance from us. We knew that winning this game would mean a lot and create a gap in the table at the top and I'm delighted with the result and the way we played. You have to say we deserved the win so I'm very happy.'

Other players on £100,000 per week at Arsenal include Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott.

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