The big Arsenal news story this week was that Wenger had persuaded FIVE british youngsters to commit their long term futures to Arsenal (Goodbye Theo), and the well known Gooner Carl Jenkinson is especially pleased that he is part of Wenger’s long term future plans.
Do Arsenal not value Walcott as a player? by KJ
At this time of turmoil, Wenger is adamant that he can get this club back on top and he plans to do so by making sure he signs all of our British players on long contracts. The reliable David Ornstein tweeted yesterday the news:
Wilshere close to new Arsenal deal, Ramsey & Jenkinson done & likely to be announced with Ox & Gibbs as #afc build British core#bbcfootball
There has been much furore over the last 18 hours about a report which says that Arsenal are making moves to reduce the players wages if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League, as if all the current contracts in place make no differential whether they qualify or not.
Arsenal legend blames the club’s contract negotiation policy by AM
Another Arsenal legend has come out and slammed the club’s transfer negotiation policy. Former Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn, who made 440 appearances for the Gunners, has blamed the club of leaving it too late (for negotiations). The former England international has said that the club shouldn’t allow the players get into the final year of their contracts in the first place. He believes that contract extension talks should be held a lot earlier.
Arsenal will certainly struggle to challenge for any silverware this season! by Adam Kemp
There is still a long way to go by DG
The transfer market officially opened yesterday. I am as surprised as anyone that Arsenal have already completed some of their business. Of course, there is a long way to go before this squad becomes one which can challenge for a trophy. There are still issues which need to be dealt with efficiently and speedily, preferable before the club go on the scheduled pre-season tours.
There have been ominous reports coming out of the crucial meeting between Arsene Wenger and Robin Van Persie yesterday, and it seems that the Dutchman is refusing to extend his contract unless Arsenal show that they will really challenge for the top trophies next season.
The Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he may prefer to buy Samir Nasri from Arsenal rather than the Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. It has become common knowledge that Arsenal are preparing to sell the Frenchman and Man City are expecting to sign Nasri at £22m although Wenger doesn’t really want to sell him.