Theo Walcott has signed a new four-year contract at Arsenal, while Santi Cazorla has also signed a two-year contract extension.
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Walcott, 26, had less than a year left on his current deal and negotiations between him and the club have been ongoing for over a year.
Now the England international has finally committed his long-term future to the club and here’s what his manager Arsene Wenger had to say about the new deals.
“We’re delighted to have extended the contracts of Santi and Theo. Both are top quality players who are hugely important and influential to our squad,” Wenger said. “As well as their huge contributions on the pitch, they both have a great deal of experience and are very popular off the pitch. We’re very pleased with them both signing contract extensions, as it provides our squad with further stability of quality.”
Walcott has been used primarily as a winger by Wenger, but has also spent time as a striker since he joined the Gunners in 2006 from Southampton. Walcott is the longest-serving player in Arsenal’s current squad and has scored 76 times in 300 appearances for the north London side.
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Both players had strong finishes to last season, with Walcott scoring a hat trick in Arsenal’s final PL game of the season against West Bromwich Albion and he also netted the opener in the FA Cup final win against Aston Villa. Cazorla, 30, won rave reviews for his displays in central midfield as the Spanish international transformed his game and showed off his sublime passing skills alongside Francis Coquelin in Arsenal’s engine room.
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Here is how Walcott has responded to his new contract, as the England international is said to be earning over $218,000 per week.