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Wilshere, Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain close to long term Arsenal Deals

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ESPN reports that Arsenal are close to renewing the contracts of their budding young players, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. This news comes as a big boost to the Arsenal fans and management following the club’s indifferent start to the 2012-13 campaign. Arsenal are currently placed a disappointing 7th in the Premier League standings after 16 games and have also recently been knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two side Bradford City on Penalties in the quarter final stage.

Jack Wilshere, 20, has already become a star at the club and should he remain fit the club can potentially build a squad around him. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 19, too is following in the footsteps of Wilshere and slowly turning into an integral member of the squad in only his second season at the Emirates. While former Wales captain Aaron Ramsey, 22, has fallen off the pace since a career threatening ankle injury he suffered a few years ago, he too is reportedly close to a new contract and wishes to get back to his best with the Gunners.

This news falls in line with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s vision of building a strong British core as he attempts to tie down youngsters to long term deals. With Carl Jenkinson too on the way up, Arsenal’s approach looks to be the right one going forward as they wish to build a strong and united team. Wilshere’s new deal is expected to put him among the highest paid players at the club at 90,000 pounds per week, on par with German international Lukas Podolski.

A source at Arsenal is believed to have revealed, “The three youngsters are agreeing long term contracts and that is very positive."