Arsenal have announced a major double-deal today, confirming that Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have penned contract extensions with the North London side.
Theo Walcott has been locked in negotiations for months and signalled his desire to remain at Arsenal throughout the summer, with news first breaking of an agreement last week, but an official announcement has only just been made.
The 26-year-old is Arsenal’s longest serving player, arriving in 2006, and he has signed a four-year deal worth £140k-a-week, putting him amongst the clubs highest earners.
He spent almost a year out injured between February 2014 and January 2015 but returned to fine form, scoring a hat-trick on the final Premier League game of the season against West Brom and followed that up with a goal in the FA Cup final, helping Arsenal to a 4-0 victory.
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Cazorla has signed a two-year contract extension that will remove speculation linking him with a return to Spain.
Arsene Wenger spoke to the club’s official website about the deals, where he said:
“Both are top-quality players who are hugely important and influential to our squad,”
“As well as their huge contributions on the pitch, they both have a great deal of experience and are very popular off the pitch.”