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Lauren & Campbell agree New Contracts

Will3172010-04-29 00:44:21 +0000 #1
BBC Sport - 21.01.05

Arsenal Pair agree New Contracts

Arsenal defenders Sol Campbell and Lauren have put pen to paper on new contracts at Highbury.

Their existing deals were due to expire in the summer, but Lauren has signed up for another two years while Campbell agreed to stay for at least that long.

England international Campbell, 30, joined the Gunners on a free transfer from Tottenham in 2001.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger signed Lauren from Spanish side Real Mallorca for £7.2m in 2000.

The Gunners initially only offered Lauren a one-year deal but the Cameroon international held out for two years.

He was linked with a move to Real Madrid but always made it clear he would prefer to stay at Highbury.

Right-back Justin Hoyte, 20, who made his Premiership debut this season, and 18-year-old Swiss youth international Johan Djourou, have also agreed to two-year extensions to their deals.

"We have extended Lauren and Campbell, as well as Johan Djourou and Justin Hoyte, for a minimum of two years each. It could be longer," said manager Arsene Wenger.

"I am, of course, delighted but there was never any doubt about Sol staying. That's why I wasn't especially worried.

"Sol is the spine of the team. He's experienced and he is the type of guy who, when he's committed, you can go to war with as he gives you everything. That is what I respect and like from him.

"Lauren, of course, it was dragging on as well. The young boys were no problem as they are good prospects."

T.HENRY2010-04-29 00:57:35 +0000 #2
Good result

i like campell



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