Arsenal have depth in midfield and from indication, we’ll have this team for a long time.
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.