'Very close' - Arsenal boss confirms Ramsey and Cazorla are getting new deals

Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are all set to receive new deals at the club in the not so distant future.

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.

The Metro reported that it was indeed Roberto he was checking out in action - and the midfielder has only managed to play 211 minutes of La Liga football this season, playing the full 90 just once.

And if Arsenal are keen - they may have an ace up their sleeve in the pursuit.

You see the Gunners are not alone in their reported interest - both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked recently so any advantage they could have should be taking seriously.

And they have a rather odd one - after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain showed who enjoyed his holiday with last summer.

‘The Ox’, Arsenal’s player of the month for February, has posted this Tweet and subsequent Instagram photo of him holidaying last summer with the Barcelona talent.

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