The Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is out of contract next summer and has admitted he probably would have left last summer if he hadn’t been injured, our consistent left-back Nacho Monreal is yet to agree an extension with the club as he approaches his 33rd birthday in February and of course Stephan Lichtsteiner was only signed on a one-year contract as a short-term fix.
Now the 21 year-old Julio Plezeguelo, who has only just recently made his senior debut, has admitted that he could have left last summer and still hasn’t agreed a new contract with the Gunners. “I had options to go out in the summer, but I wanted to stay here,” Pleguezuelo said in Marca. “The first step I have already made with this debut, now what I want is to continue having opportunities in the first team. I do not want to be overwhelmed either, I only think about my work and training.”
“I’m waiting to see how everything happens, I have to talk to my agent,” he said. “My goal is to stay at Arsenal, I would like to continue and, if it is not here, then in England. I have offers in Spain, but at the moment it’s not my idea to go back.”
I know defenders generally have longer careers than forward players, but 21 still seems pretty old to be making his debut for a club like Arsenal. I would be very surprised if he is given a new contract but you never know we may be desperate by then. It is unlikely Carl Jenkinson will be staying either if he can find a new club, so we could be urgently looking for many defenders at the end of the season. Well, we certainly need a shake up at the back!