Arsene Wenger Provides Positive Update on Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey Futures

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 7, 2014

Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla set for lucrative new contracts.
Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla set for lucrative new contracts.Sang Tan/Associated Press

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey are on the brink of signing new contracts.

According to The Guardian's Stuart James, Ramsey's deal is set to run for the next five years, and bag the Welsh wizard in excess of £100,000 per week.

The 23-year-old's upturn in form has been unprecedented this term, making 18 appearances for Wenger's side with eight goals and six assists to his name so far this season, per WhoScored.

Meanwhile, Cazorla has made 22 appearances for the side this term, scoring four goals and creating a further four with his excellent, influential midfield displays.

Mertersacker and Rosicky penned new deals earlier this week.
Mertersacker and Rosicky penned new deals earlier this week.Sang Tan/Associated Press

The news comes just days after Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky penned new deals with the Gunners, as Wenger looks to tie down his big-name stars.

Speaking at his pre-Everton press conference, Wenger was asked whether Cazorla and Ramsey had put pen to paper on their new contracts:

Not yet, but we are very close. Very close. We will announce as soon as we are over the line.

New deals for the pair will come as as welcome boost for Wenger, who will be happy to see his side focused and committed to the Gunners' cause as their Premier League title hunt continues.

A timely boost, too with Jack Wilshere set to be sidelined for at least six weeks after the midfielder was injured during England's 1-0 win over Denmark, per Arsenal's statement.

Jack Wilshere set for at least six week injury lay-off.
Jack Wilshere set for at least six week injury lay-off.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Ramsey has missed the last two months through injury—however, his recovery could see him fit to feature in the side's next Premier League fixture against Tottenham on March 16, per Mirror's James McNicholas.

Cazorla has been ever-present for Arsenal of late, and provided his fourth assist of the season as he set up Laurent Koscielny to head home in the 4-1 win over Sunderland.

Wenger will be happy to see the midfield pair commit their futures to the North London side, adding to a midfield that could see Kim Kallstrom finally make his debut, per Metro's Jamie Sanderson.

Eurosport-Yahoo!'s Tom Adams has challenged the 31-year-old Swedish midfielder to make a big impact on his return from injury:

With 10 games remaining in the Premier League title race, and sitting in third place on equal points with Liverpool and four points behind league leaders Chelsea, Wenger will need all the ammunition he can get if he's to secure Arsenal's first league title in 10 years.

However, those chances will receive a massive boost with Cazorla and Ramsey now set to be fully focused on winning silverware with Arsenal.

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