Wenger to lead triple Arsenal contract announcement

Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have also agreed to new contracts after the Gunners boss accepted a two-year extension to his current deal at the Emirates Stadium
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Arsenal are poised to announce new contracts for Arsene Wenger, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky, Goal understands.

The triple boost comes after the first-team duo joined Wenger and his backroom staff in agreeing fresh deals with the club.

Goal revealed last October that Wenger had agreed what is set to be a two-year contract extension but an announcement on the manager’s new agreement was delayed until Arsenal had secured the signings as a package.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis confirmed on Monday that the club’s longest-serving manager will remain at Emirates Stadium beyond this summer, when his current deal expires.

"Arsene will be extending [his contract] with us and at the right time we will make that announcement," said Gazidis, speaking as Arsenal unveiled a £30m-a-year kit deal with Puma.

Mertesacker, 29, has also approved a new three-and-a-half year contract that will tie him to the club until the summer of 2017, while Rosicky, 33, has agreed a new one-year rolling deal.

Sources have said that the new deals will be announced by Arsenal “within days”.

Gunners chiefs had hoped to trumpet four new contracts but have failed to make a breakthrough in Bacary Sagna’s long-running contract saga.

The Frenchman can leave on a free at the end of the season and, while Arsenal are still hopeful of agreeing new terms with the player, they have stepped up their search for a replacement by opening talks with Frankfurt for right-back Sebastian Jung.

Goal revealed earlier in January that Wenger’s backroom team have agreed new contracts that will mirror those of the manager and keep them at Arsenal until 2016.

The Frenchman's key assistants are set to formally sign two-year extensions that will be on the same terms as their current deals.

Goal understands the backroom figures include Wenger's long-standing ally Boro Primorac, assistant manager Steve Bould, first-team coach Neil Banfield, goalkeeper coach Gerry Peyton and fitness coach Tony Colbert.

Senior medical and technical staff have also agreed deals that run until 2016, while more junior members of Wenger's backroom team will remain on 12-month rolling contracts.

Wenger is set to extend his Arsenal reign until 2016 and a remarkable 20 years if it is honoured, by which time he will be 66.

Goal understands that Wenger' fresh agreement will be on the same £7.5million-a-year terms as his current contract. The club's longest-serving manager will not receive a pay rise but the deal will be supplemented by top-ups.

Mertesacker has 18 months remaining on his deal but, as revealed by Goal last October, Arsenal were keen to secure the future of the giant defender for three more years following his fine form over the last 18 months.

Rosicky, whose current one-year deal runs out in the summer, will also remain at Emirates Stadium after agreeing a 12-month extension. Under the terms of his current contract, he was due to be offered fresh terms once he reached the 25-match landmark this season.

The Czech midfielder, currently sidelined with a broken nose, is the club's fourth longest-serving player after Nicklas Bendtner, Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott.