Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Agree on Contract Extensions with Arsenal

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Santi Cazorla of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have locked up one of their most consistent players as Santi Cazorla signed a contract extension with the club alongside Aaron Ramsey and Gideon Zelalem.

The Gunners' official website provided the details about the new deal, with manager Arsene Wenger commenting on the extensions for the trio:

We are very pleased that Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Gedion Zelalem have committed their futures to the Club. Cazorla and Ramsey are absolutely key players for us, and this news is a boost to the whole club. Gedion is very young of course, but he has shown already that he has fantastic promise, and we all look forward to his development with us.

Cazorla talked about the deal, according to the club's official report:

I'm so happy to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. This club makes me very happy - the manager, my team-mates, the fantastic supporters, the stadium and the whole organisation here.

I have had a great time with the Club since joining nearly two years ago, and I think that we can be a big player in competing for the top trophies in years to come and that's important for me. I have already had lots of good moments here and hopefully there will be many more to come.

Ramsey also spoke about signing up with the Gunners, via the release:

I'm delighted to have signed a new contract. I've been here for six years and I'm so happy. I think we've shown so far this season what we're 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.

Cazorla has been a big part of the club's success over the past two seasons since coming over from Malaga in 2012. In his first year with the Gunners, he finished with 12 goals and 11 assists in the English Premier League, becoming one of only four players reaching double digits in both categories.

This season, the 29-year-old player has missed time due to injuries, but since coming back he has made a huge impact for a club contending for a league title. Squawka Football notes how good the veteran has been since the start of 2014:

The midfielder also received plenty of praise from his manager after a January win over Fulham. According to ESPN FC, Arsene Wenger explained:

When you play in your opponents' half, in the final third, he is one of the players who can create something special, either through his pass or through his finishing. He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous.

Cazorla was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems. After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level.

Even with fellow midfielders like Mesut Ozil, Ramsey, Theo Walcott and others on the roster, Cazorla has proven to be an integral asset to Arsenal and he will remain a key part of the offense going forward.

With this extension, the veteran can now focus on finishing out the season strong with his club in contention for trophies in both the EPL and UEFA Champions League.

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Ramsey has emerged alongside Cazorla as one of Arsenal's top talents in the early part of the 2013-14 campaign before a leg injury sidelined him after Christmas. The Welsh midfielder is yet to return, but the club will certainly welcome him back with open arms as the Gunners look to challenge for the Premier League title.

Zelalem, on the other hand, is clearly one for the future, as Wenger and fans alike are excited about his promising future.

Arsenal under Wenger has been known for their midfield talent, and signing the trio ensures the club will hold on to some of its top talents for the foreseeable future.


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