Cazorla set to sign new Arsenal deal
Santi Cazorla looks set to sign a new contract at Arsenal, which will see the Spanish international remain at the Emirates until 2017. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are close to announcing the contract extension of Cazorla along with Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky as Arsene Wenger continues to tie down some of his most important players to longer contracts.
The new £80,000 a week deal will see Cazorla join Mertesacker and Rosicky who are close to extending their deals through 2017 and next season respectively.
While Arsenal fans will be excited to hear that the club have been able to lock down another one of their top players, many are still waiting to hear the outcome of negotiations with French international Bacary Sagna.
The right back is out of contract in the summer and is already attracting the likes of Manchester City, PSG, and even Liverpool in recent weeks. By extending the deals of Cazorla, Mertesacker, and Rosicky, and bringing in big name talent like Mesut Ozil last summer, though, Sagna will know that Wenger and the club mean business moving forward.
Cazorla signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2012 on a cut-rate deal from Malaga and has been a revelation to the Gunners' squad since joining. His creativity, technique, and ability to use both his right and left feet have made him instrumental in Arsenal's midfield and he continues to thrive alongside the likes of Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, and Jack Wilshere.
Since signing for the Gunners, Cazorla has played 81 times in all competitions scoring 18 goals.