Mertesacker and Rosicky sign new Arsenal contracts

Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have both committed their futures to the Premier League club by signing new contracts, BBC Sport has reported.

Central defender Mertesacker has been at the club since August 2011, and been a regular starter for much of his Arsenal career so far, striking a successful partnership with Laurent Koscielny. The 29-year-old, who has made 39 appearances in all competitions this season, would have been out of contract at the end of next season.

Midfielder Rosicky’s deal was set to run out in June, but he also has decided to extend his Arsenal stay, which has lasted since the summer of 2006. He is yet to win a trophy with the club, but he has made 209 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website: “They are players of exceptional quality and experience. They 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.”

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