Arsene Wenger has been stressing all summer that it is much more important to keep the team spirit and cohesion going with keeping his Arsenal squad together rather than disrupting the equilibrium by bringing in new players.
To this effect he has made it his mission to persuade his current players to sign new contracts, even Tomas Rosicky who had indicated that he would prefer to find first team football elsewhere. Theo Walcott was signed up at the beginning of the season, and now it has been revealed that Nacho Monreal has agreed a three year extension as well. This may seem strange as the Spaniard is 29 years-old, but Wenger believes that defenders careers can go on much longer than strikers.
More importantly the latest rumours are saying that Arsenal are already planning to offer Alexis Sanchez a longer and much improved contract, especially as there are whispers that Real Madrid are sniffing around to see if he can snatch the Chilean genius from us.
The came goes for Mesut Ozil, who has really started to show his worth to the team at last. Maybe Wenger could call them both into the office at the same time and persuade them to stay together for the rest of their careers.
Hector Bellerin, Olivier Giroud and Joel Campbell all signed extensions in the summer but I doubt very much that Matthieu Debuchy or Matthieu Flamini will be staying on after this season. Mikel Arteta is already on a one-year contract, and I imagine if he is granted an extension it will be so that he can step up his coaching role with the youngsters