For the second week in a row, Arsenal have an important deal in the bag ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixture.

Arsene Wenger decided to reward Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny with new deals last week, as the club aims to secure the future of key players who have been linked with a departure.

Despite not making a single appearance this season, Per Mertesacker has also been handed a contract extension to remain at the Emirate stadium for one more year at least.

And after agreeing the new deal, the German international, who will continue to earn $86,000 per-week in wages, has chosen to send out an encouraging message to the fans.

“I would like to say how very grateful I am to have extended my contract here. It makes me really proud and also a bit emotional. I’ve been out for six months now and to have such trust and belief from the manager makes me very humble and thankful.” Mertesacker said in his programme notes ahead of the Burnley game.

“Trust me, I’ll do everything possible on a daily basis to make myself better and everybody around me better. I’m working really hard to come back and show that I’m still capable on the pitch, because I want to help make this great club as successful as possible.

“My love for this club is authentic. I care a lot about team-mates, about fans, and I want people to identify with us. It’s very important to me now and it always has been. I feel like there’s always been a link between myself and Arsenal.”

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