Arsenal keep hold of Szczesny

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Clive Mason/Getty ImagesAfter being benched last season, Wojciech Szczesny has returned to Arsenal's starting lineup.

With much of the goalkeeping talk this week on Joe Hart's position at Manchester City, Arsenal have reportedly locked in their custodian Wojciech Szczesny for another four years.

The Sun reports Szczesny has penned a new deal which will keep him at the Emirates until 2018. It is said the contract is valued at an eye-watering 20.8 million pounds, leaving the gloveman to pocket around 100,000 pounds-per-week. That amount is more than double the worth of Szczesny's previous deal, giving him a nice boost ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Saturday.

Arsenal were seeking a new goalkeeper in the summer, with Real Madrid's Iker Casillas a prime target before negotiations fell through.

Chelsea are similarly looking to hold onto what they have, with the Daily Express indicating the London club is unwilling to part with Juan Mata. The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after seemingly falling out with manager Jose Mourinho, but evidently Mata is wanted by the Blues. Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the 25-year-old, thought their chances of signing the midfielder have taken a dip.

Tottenham's Jake Livermore is said to be interested in a permanent move to Hull City, according to the Daily Mirror. The 23-year-old is currently on a season-long loan away from White Hart Lane, and it is claimed that a 3 million pound switch is in the offing.


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