Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky signs new Arsenal deal

Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have both signed new contracts with Arsenal, the Premier League club has confirmed.

Rosicky’s contract with the Gunners had been due to expire at the end of the current season, but he recently spoke of his desire to sign a new deal to remain at the Emirates.

Although the exact length of his contract has not been revealed, it is the club’s policy to only offer one-year deals to players over the age of 30.
“I’m very happy that I’m staying at the Club,” Rosicky said. “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.

“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.”
Mertesacker, meanwhile, has been at the club since joining from Werder Bremen in August 2011, making 110 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side.
“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,” Mertesacker commented.

“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.

“On my first visit to England as a boy I brought an Arsenal jersey as a souvenir and 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.”
Commenting on the new contracts, Wenger club said: “We are delighted that Mertesacker and Rosicky have committed their futures to the Club. 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.”