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Arsenal sign long term contracts with young brigade

News 19 Dec 2012, 21:29 IST

With the Theo Walcott deal still hanging in the balance, Arsenal has got their five most promising young players to sign the dotted line for a long term. Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have committed their long term future to the club as they were offered new long term contracts. All five players who have signed new deals represent British countries. AaronRamsey has made the most appearances for his country, playing 24 times and is also the captain of the Wales team. The other four players are all England internationals.

Arsène Wenger was delighted at the signings and said,  “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club. Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group – but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.

“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them. I’m a strong believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together and that’s what we’ll try to achieve going forward.”,  the manager added.

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