Arsenal could be in for one of our busiest summers ever as it looks like we will have replace a whole swarth of players in readiness for next season. It has already been reported that Arsene Wenger has warned his players to expect ‘big changes‘ if the Gunners fail to make the Champions League next season, but even if we somehow do win the Europa League there will still have to be many changes anyway.
Arsene Wenger has history of stealing talented youngsters from under the nose of Barcelona and bringing them through the Arsenal Academy to become top class professionals. The first names that come to mind are Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Cesc Fabregas, but they all moved to Arsenal because of the reputation that Wenger has for bringing through youngsters into the first team.
The English midfielder Jack Wilshere spent the first six months of this season begging Arsene Wenger to talk to him about a contract extension at Arsenal, but the Boss kept putting him off by saying that he would talk to him before the January transfer window despite Wilshere making it clear that he never wanted to play for any other team but Arsenal.
The first half of this season was overshadowed by the contract problems with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, but thankfully the Gunners refused to meet the exorbitant demands made by Alexis, but they did come to a compromise with Ozil which saw him re-sign on a massive wage of £350,000 a week.
Aaron Ramsey is into the final 18 months of his contract, but is yet to sign a new deal with his current club Arsenal.
Talks are believed to be on the cards for the Welshman, who has been one of the club’s better performers throughout the season, and is expected to get a nice bump up in the wage structure.
Arsenal’s only clean sheet in the last 8 games came away at Ostersunds in Sweden, and Petr Cech himself has been waiting for his 200th Premier League clean sheet for 10 games so far. The big Czech has never saved a penalty for Arsenal but David Ospina managed our only clean sheet by stopping a penalty in Sweden, and I don’t want to go on about our preposterous amount of goals conceded this year of which four have been directly from errors from Cech.
Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are Arsenal’s only survivors of the famous British Core that all signed five years ago, and were lauded as the future of Arsenal and the England team. But right now Jack Wilshere’s contract runs out at the end of this season, and Ramsey’s 12 months later.
Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal as their biggest ever signing this summer, and it seemed that his arrival would destroy Olivier Giroud’s chances of going to the World Cup with France this summer, as Laca would be playing regular football at Oli’s expense, with Giroud relegated to Europa League and League Cup games.