There has been much talk of all the Arsenal players whose contracts are up in 18 months time, including Ozil and Alexis of course. Other’s include Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud. And as Wenger revealed, both Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla are set to be given a one-year extension as well.
AS is the case with Mesut Ozil, I was thinking that they were all waiting to see if Wenger was going to stay beyond this summer or to find out who the new manager is going to be, but it looks like I was wrong….
Oli Giroud has revealed that he is close to being the first one to extend, as he said on ESPN: “We’re on the verge of reaching an agreement,”
“It’s a sign of trust. I want to continue the adventure in this Arsenal family. I feel good here.”
“When I spoke to the coach, he always told me that I was an important player,”
“I know what I am capable of. I just needed to be patient, to work in training and wait for my hour to come.”
I think that us Arsenal fans are now warming up to Giroud now that he is not our main striker, and he seems to contribute with goals every time he comes on the pitch. He is certainly a great tool to use in the squad when Plan A isn’t working.
I really hope that Arsene Wenger is using this little break to continue his contract discussions with all our other stars. If Arsenal can persuade one of either Ozil or Sanchez to sign very soon it will be a great boost going into the second half of the season. I personally think Gibbs should also be signed for another few years, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is also beginning to show his potential and should be extended.
Get working Wenger and get them all signed up!