Should Arsenal be more ruthless in selling star players that won’t renew?

It is very interesting that Arsenal have now told the fans that they will not let another Ozil, Alexis or Ramsey saga happen to the club, and players will be sold if they refuse to sign extended contracts. Apparently our supporters were told this at a meeting that included Josh Kroenke as well as Venkatesham and Sanllehi.

The Mirror reported….

The club’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director of football Raul Sanllehi said the club must be more efficient and make “hard decisions,” particularly when it comes to player contracts.

That is understood to be surrounding player deals like Aaron Ramsey who is leaving on a free transfer this summer after Arsenal withdrew a contract offer last autumn, allowing him to sign for Juventus on a lucrative deal.

But in future the club insisted that they would sell players and be more ruthless and if they have two years left and will not renew then they will be sold.

If this is true, then if this new management structure had been in place for the last two years then neither Ozil nor Ramsey would have been playing either last season or this one. I’m not sure that that would have been such a good thing, as I am certain they would not have been replaced by equal or better players, or certainly ones that would have cost as much. Would it be just as cost effective to keep our stars for two more years for their contribution to the team rather than replace them with lesser players?

It is an interesting question, as I wonder if this also means that we won’t be buying players that have run down their contracts at other clubs?

Is this a good thing for Arsenal in the future?



  1. gotanidea says:

    It is not cost-effective to keep any contract rebel for two more years

    It is better to replace the want-away player with a younger one. Huge long-term contracts and aging process have diminished Ozil’s and Sanchez’s hunger substantially, as we can see at the field

    The problem is Arsenal cannot sell the contract rebels if there is no real interest from the other clubs, therefore they have no other choice but to sell with very low price or offer mega salary

  2. jamesbrowney says:

    ….. Well, this is interesting…. Good to know that the club is becoming ruthless… Liverpool are where they are today because they sold their star players for insane amount of money and then bought quality replacements….I love this coming from the Arsenal board

    …..It simply means players like Mkhi, Auba, Socratic are not safe especially Ozil…..He will have to collect lower wages or leave the club outrightly which is the real plan in the first place…

    …..If we are to compete next season for the title, this is the way to go…..

    1. Phil says:

      In this country we have Employment Laws.So Mesut Ozil will be entitled to his FULL SALARY for the duration of his contract.With 21/2 years still to go on his contract he will not have to accept a penny farthing less than his current deal pays him if he decides that is what he wants to happen.So he won’t “ have to collect lower wages” at all if he doesn’t want to.And he certainly will not have to leave the Club if he doesn’t want to.The Club has a legal right to honour his contract every bit as much as the Player.

      1. jamesbrowney says:

        ….Of course once it’s Ozil, you come out blazing….. you ignored the other players mentioned…..
        ….The man said a Ramsey situation won’t happen again and I want to believe he was serious…. From this summer, Ozil will have two years left on his deal and so has to sign an extension if offered by the club which will most likely be on a lower wage, that’s if he is offered such any contract at all….If that doesn’t happen, he will be sold regardless of his feelings or yours too… that’s the situation on ground now

        …. Should he choose to be a contract rebel, I trust the DOF to handle it….

        1. Phil says:

          he could be sold to anyone but if he doesn’t want to go he can stay where he is and be a free agent.The Club do not hold all the cards.Ozil does.If in 21/2 years he wants to stay on lesser money that is HIS CHOICE not the Clubs.This is the same as ANY player with a contract at ANY CLUB.If the Club gives them a contract then the player is the one who decides his future NOT THE CLUB.

          1. Red and white says:

            so we will have to endure 2-1/2 years more of “disappearance” on and off the pitch and the crap some “passionate” fans believe in/about him.Waiting for that day when he moves out of my club for good and all his pictures/posters pulled down and replaced with those of Denilson or Chamakh at the least

          2. Goonster says:

            What I don’t get is that when under a club contract players always force moved away from the club. How many players keep disrespecting their contract each time by forcing moves?

            So why can’t a club do the same if they feel like it? Players force moves but then when clubs try to do the same we get some fans crying about “My favourite player is being treated unfairly”.

            Double standards? Hypocrisy? 🙂

            Don’t make sense.


  3. Durand says:

    For me it would depend on whom they plan the replacement to be. For example, If they would have sold Ramsey and replaced him with ElNeny, then no it is bad because it is being cheap. If it is a like for like replacement or an upgrade, then it’s a good position to take by management; like Auba replacing Giroud.

    The club hasn’t really inspired confidence among the supporters when it comes to this; think Debuchy leaving and Lichtsteiner coming in.

    We shall see this Summer; we are short on wingers, and they seem to be long on talk.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    I believe it is a good idea of course, but the league position will take precedence over it at some stage. Every club probably believes in this strategy already, but depending on how much money you have to spend, and if you could find a player that is at least as good as the contract rebel, also the incoming player is not a guarantee to gel immediately, if at all. It is easier said than done basically.

    If you are stubborn enough, it could work for you and it can work against you. The best thing to do, is to make an example out of someone, so in the future, agents will know that you mean to do exactly just that, bye bye contract rebel, no more London, no more great facilities, no more playing for the best club in the world, adios amigo.

    This might explain the Ramsey saga, why they took it off the table after they offered the terms, you need to make an example for it to work as well as you’d hope. Ramsey, after ten seasons, after offering him a contract, we say no, if we are going to do this, then we must do it by the book. Maybe Arsenal do mean business after-all.

  5. Jah son says:

    If you’ll watch American basketball ball you will see that long term contracts will soon be a thing of the past for big name players. This nonsense about players like ozil not wanted by anyone is only caused by arsenal putting him on big wages for a long time. Ramsey for example is a free man hence the club as no say it’s a take it are leave it situation. Contracts are what bind players and the long term ones will soon become nonexistent.

  6. Auba torreira of Lagos says:

    Lacazette is eligible to play on Thursday!!!!

  7. Jah son says:

    I also read that Alexander’s ban as being changed from 3 games to 2 not sure how true this is.

  8. Declan says:

    Laca is eligible to play Thursday against Rennes,

    1. Sue says:

      Get in there!!

      1. Gab says:

        Just saw it on BBC. His ban has been reduced and can play on thursday. I am very happy

        1. Gab says:

          skysports not BBC

  9. Mihado says:

    So Happy just see it on Sky… Now our attack is sure to produce goals?… For Laca Inclusion we are through already ?

    1. Sue says:

      Something has gone our way!! Very happy about that

  10. AndersS says:

    First of all it is a good thing, if players can’t hold the club to ransom like Sanchez, Ôzil and maybe even Ramsey have done. No player is bigger than the club, and that should be reflected in contracts.

    Secondly, you may be wrong. If we had followed this principle earlier, it could just as well have resulted in players choosing to extend their contracts at more reasonable salaries earlier. When the players see an opportunity to run down their contract, they can make a fortune. Because either the club they are with will have to raise their salary substantially (Özil), or they can walk away to a club that now saves a transfer fee, thus can pay them a big salary (Ramsey) and/or even a sig-on fee.

    It is only timely to bake control. The last few years we have seen a gross mismanagement of contracts!

    1. AndersS says:

      Sorry , “to take back control” 🙂

  11. Roshan says:

    Without a doubt. We’ve been left behind the 8 ball because of our reluctance to sell players who won’t sign new contracts.
    Alexis – 70m
    Ozil – 50m
    Ramsey – 50m

    That’s approx $150+m that we could have spent to buy new players instead of 2 essentially leaving for free and one being on a ridiculous contract.

  12. Ingleby says:

    The question presupposes that ‘lesser players’ are the replacements. Bearing in mind players improve or play as expected or regress according to their manager/tactics/team mates etc that seems a rather skewed question.

  13. ken1945 says:

    Ingleby, I thought you were going further when I read “lesser players”, so I will carry it further if I may?

    We, as fans, see our club as one of the biggest in the world.
    That means we need to act like one and that includes the calibre of player we sign and the salary/contract that will entice them to join our club.

    With other clubs having unlimited funds, the need to realise this and understand what the implications are needs to be addressed properly.

    If UE is to continue building the team in his image and style, he has to be given the tools to do it.

    It is patently obvious that kronkie is not interested in competing financially with the oil money or russian roubles to attract these players, so what can UE offer?

    Stability? Long term contract? High salary?

    All things that are not, seemingly, wanted by some of our fans in order to become the top club we all desire and want.

    So what so many fans are demanding, simply ignores the true and accurate fact that they are living in cloud cuckoo land.

    They expect UE to compete with the likes of barca, Madrid, city, chelsea, pool and PSG, but don’t want to do what is required financially in order to do just that.

    Of course one can name certain players who have been found at bargain prices and initially low salaries, but that is not what the clubs mentioned above do… they buy the best, offer them the relevant salary, get them to commit to a long term contract and win trophies.

    We need to wake up, smell the coffee and stop believing we can be a rolls royce club, while acting like a ford focus on hire purchase.

    I give you a certain Aaron Ramsey as the perfect example.

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