Arsenal confirm new long term deals for Walcott & Cazorla
Both player’s futures had been in doubt with Cazorla linked with a move back to Spain, whilst Walcott had been linked with a move to Liverpool having had just a year left on his previous deal.
The 26 year old was a marginal figure in the Arsenal team but finished strongly to affirm his importance to Wenger’s side and is now being lined up for a central role in the team as Arsenal decline to buy another striker.
Walcott has signed a new 4 year £140k a week deal whilst Cazorla, 30, put pen to paper on a 2 year extension.
The move to tie down both confirms Wenger’s comments earlier in the season when he stated that he was looking for cohesion rather than going out and signing a raft of big names.
And speaking on the double deal, the Arsenal manager said:
“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.
“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.”
With Arsenal looking to challenge for the title this summer, both may prove integral with Cazorla showing his worth in a deeper role last season, whilst Walcott’s goals proved invaluable.
Fernando Llorente’s agent travelled to London yesterday to discuss a 8.5 million move to Arsenal, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Arsene Wenger is looking to sign a new striker and the 30-year-old Juventus forward would bring world class ability to the Emirates.
The Spanish International who is currently being chased by Barcelona and Real Madridoffers a fantastic aerial presence and at 6ft 5 he will give any top side a genuinely gifted target man. He would also ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud who suffered from fatigue last season.
During his two years in Turin Llorente scored a respectable 23 league goals but the player would have wanted more
Arsenal had been linked to Real Madrid star Karim Benzema in recent days but any potential deal looks very unlikely.
Llorente who has 23 caps for Spain is also being linked with a move to Tottenham but the striker would reportedly prefer a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners aged 16, and stayed for eight seasons before he returned to Barcelona.
However, the 28-year-old received a hostile reception from supporters last season and the same could happen at Wembley on Sunday when the pair meet in the Community Shield.
He is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: “Whatever it is, it is. The love I have for that club will never change whatever happens and what is the most important is what I have with me from my time there.
“The rest doesn’t matter, I have great memories, love and respect for the club. You will never hear anything bad from me about them.”
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