After the shambles that was this transfer window, Wenger and the back room are going to try and tie down key players to long term contracts. David Ornstein reported earlier today that Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain told Wenger right at the very end of the season that he didn’t want to stay at the club. This came after the club offered him a £180,000 pw contract if the team returned to the Champions League. It was also reported that Wenger didn’t hold back when Chamberlain told him, as he and his agent had strung the club along all summer saying that he wanted to stay in North London.
However, the manager and the backroom are trying to make sure the club doesn’t have this situation next summer and are set to open up new contract negotiations for those players that contracts end July 2019. Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s deals end next summer, which means that they can talk to clubs come the transfer window in January.
Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott’s deals all expire in 2019. However, so do the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Joel Campbell and David Ospina which we don’t expect the club will offer new contracts to.
As well as the star duo Per Mertesacker will retire come the end of the season while Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla’s contracts will also end. Wilshere recently returned to action and had been playing in the youth team, until he recently got sent off for violence in a match against Manchester City. It’s difficult to see where his future really lies with the manager’s unwillingness to bring him back to the first team set up.
With Arsenal going through a rough slump the international break has been welcome. The manager has come out and said that the fans need to get behind the team if they want them to succeed and reminded the fans that it’s not too long since the team lifted the F.A Cup and Community Shield. The Gunners host Bournemouth this Saturday and will hopefully be able to change their recent form.