Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Francis Coquelin and Chuba Akpom have signed new long-term contracts with the club.
France under-21 international Coquelin has won praise for his performances since returning to Arsenal in December from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic.
The 23-year-old, who joined the Gunners from French side Laval in 2008, has featured 54 times in all competitions and was a key member of the 2009 FA Youth Cup-winning side.
Akpom joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 and made his first-team debut in the 3-1 Premier League victory at Sunderland in September 2013.
He has featured five times for the Gunners this season, impressing in back-to-back appearances against Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa, and has nine goals in 10 games for the under-21s.
“I am very happy because for me the target during this transfer window was on two fronts,” Wenger said on Friday. “The first was to get a defender in and we did that.
“The second was also to extend the contracts of Coquelin and Akpom. That's what I did as well so we are very happy with what we did.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source