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Santi Cazorla is certainly one of Arsenal’s best players, and his injury last season derailed the Gunners’ title charge. The Spaniard has suffered another injury blow yet again this season has seen Arsenal struggle to compete with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
Before Cazorla’s injury, Arsenal had won 65.5% of the matches the Spaniard started but since his latest injury, the Gunners record fell to 38.9% without Cazorla in December (stat compiled by Metro and valid up to 1 December 2016).
Arsène Wenger apparently understand and appreciate the impact of Cazorla in his team, and according to a document published by the FA (via the Metro), the Gunners boss has extended the former Málaga player’s contract for a further year. The deal also says the contract was signed on 20 December. Cazorla’s contract was due to expire this summer which means he would have been free to sign a pre-contract with any club of his choice outside of England.
The Arsenal manager had recently confirmed that his club had an option to extend his playmaker’s deal by another year and although the Gunners have already confirmed they have extended Per Mertesacker’s contract for a further year, nothing was said of Cazorla’s extension at the time.
Now that the FA have confirmed the deal, one can only assume it is only a matter of time before Arsenal break their silence on Cazorla’s contract extension. The 32-year-old was earning £90,000-a-week before his new deal.
It appears Arsenal may be merely waiting for the perfect time to announce the deal. And with the series of renewals in recent weeks, it is safe to assume that Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is also going to renew his own stay at the club soon. All of the players who recently renewed their deals are Wenger signings and I sincerely doubt they will have renewed their deals if they were not sure Wenger was going to renew his own deal.