Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have signed new contracts with Arsenal.
The experienced internationals have committed their futures to the Club after once again impressing with their performances this season.
Mertesacker, 29, has established himself as one of the Club’s most consistent performers since joining from Werder Bremen in August 2011. Now in his third season with Arsenal, the Germany international has made 110 appearances and has become one of the squad’s most senior players, captaining the team in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.
"There is a great feeling of togetherness and belief in the group and this news will only help to strengthen this further"
Rosicky, 33, now in his eighth season with Arsenal, continues to be an influential force in the Gunners’ midfield. Currently on 209 appearances for the Club, the Czech Republic captain brings experience, industry and technical prowess to the team, as well as a habit of scoring important goals.
“We are delighted that Mertesacker and Rosicky have committed their futures to the Club," said Arsene Wenger. "They are players of exceptional quality and experience, and have consistently proven themselves at the highest level. There is a great feeling of togetherness and belief in the group and this news will only help to strengthen this further.”
Mertesacker said: “It was easy for me to commit myself to the Club. I have been here for two and a half great years and feel I have great support from everyone at the Club and the fans. I’m really looking forward to having more years coming up with this fantastic club. We have a great team here and we all want to do our best to win trophies.”
He added: “On my first visit to England as a boy I bought an Arsenal jersey as a souvenir and I was so proud wearing it when playing football with my friends. Many years later, I have become a real Gunner, being even more proud to wear the Arsenal jersey. I am truly thankful to the Club and all the supporters for the time I have had here so far. And today I am deeply proud to have extended my contract with Arsenal. I’m proud to be a Gunner.”
Rosicky said: “I'm very happy that I'm staying at the Club. I'm proud that I'm still here after a long time and that it still continues. I'm glad I'm here at Arsenal and we’re all trying our best to win trophies for the Club and our supporters.”
He added: “Ever since I arrived at Arsenal, I have always felt that I'm at the right place where I want to be. I still feel this way now and I'm proud that after such a long time I'm still here and will continue. One big factor is that I want to win the league with Arsenal. It's my big goal and I will do everything that I can to achieve it. Arsenal is a great club, we have a great spirit here and we are all working together to do the best we can.”
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