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Wenger: New deals imminent

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to conclude contract negotiations with four senior players.

Last Updated: 23/01/14 at 13:20 Post Comment

Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker: Set to sign new deals

Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker: Set to sign new deals

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Thomas Vermaelen has seen his chances limited this season due to the form of centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, with the Belgian starting just three Premier League games.

However, Wenger believes the former Ajax defender is worthy of a new deal despite a lack of playing time this term.

"I am ready to extend his contract. We want Thomas Vermaelen to be happy and have the number of games a player of his class deserves," Wenger told arsenal.com.

"On my side, I have a high respect for his qualities and attitudes and I am ready to extend his contract.

"At the moment we're all on board for something this season that is respectable. At the end of the season I can sit down with Thomas and see what he thinks about it."

Vermaelen's replacement Mertesacker is expected to secure a new deal soon, along with right-back Bacary Sagna and 33-year-old Tomas Rosicky.

Wenger revealed: "The new contracts are very close. Not for all of them but for most of them."

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