The contract extensions that are NOT a priority for Arsenal!

There has been a lot of talk about contract extensions at Arsenal now that the season is underway. There are plenty of contracts expiring at the end of this campaign, with the likes of Koscielny, Mertesacker and Cazorla just to name a few, but it seems there is more talk about players who have their contracts ending in 2018.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are the two main talking points, with the club’s best players having entered the final two years of their current contracts. But we also shouldn’t forget that Arsenal’s ‘British Core’ that famously all signed extensions at the same time back in December 2012, are also coming towards the end of their current deals. Whilst Theo has since signed a new deal, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson all still have agreements that end in 2018.

It seems that there is no rush for Arsene Wenger to extend the latter contracts however, despite Arsenal remaining vigilant to avoid another Robin Van Persie situation. It has already been reported that Gunners officials have already questioned whether to offer Chamberlain another deal, with the 23 year old failing to really improve since signing five years ago. It was reported that The Ox had been listed for a move away in the summer, but no suitable offers came in. Arsenal may therefore look to sell up before his contract runs out.

Gibbs will more than likely have to make a decision on his future, with the left back failing to get much time on the pitch. If he intends to stay, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsenal offer him another long term deal. The same goes for Carl Jenkinson, whilst Aaron Ramsey will of course get an extension.

That brings us to Jack Wilshere, who will reportedly have to prove his fitness to the club before being offered a new deal. Wilshere, who despite making limited appearances on the pitch, is understood to be on around £80,000 per week and Arsenal are not comfortable paying such amount of money if the player cannot prove his worth to the club. Wilshere’s annual wage comes to around £4.16 million a year and if the Englishman, who was touted to become the club’s captain one day, intends to stay at Arsenal, then he must see improvements to his fitness whilst on loan at Bournemouth.

Personally I’d expect Arsenal to keep Wilshere on the books regardless of his fitness this season because you cannot forget that we held onto the likes of Diaby and Rosicky for endless years, despite both players also being very injury prone. We could see Wilshere offered a reduced wage and he will have to make his mind up if he wants to remain with Arsenal, but considering he seems to be a Gunner at heart, there is no doubt that there will be an offer on the table that he will accept.



  1. Dee@ease says:

    If we are speaking about contract extensions then the biggest one is Arsene Wenger’s,hopefully this is his last year and he won’t renew it,Arsenal need a new direction from lame tactics,a breath of fresh air after 20 years of Wenger and only winning 3 league titles in that time at an average of 1 title every 6.7 seasons!

  2. jonm says:

    The situation regarding Kos is that In 2014, he signed a 3 year extension to his then current contract. That means he was extending the duration of his contract. With two years remaining on his 2014 contract, he was basically signing a new 5 year deal.

    And this is what is key. In 2014, Laurent Koscileny was not signing a new 3 year deal that would take him through to 2017, but a 3 year extension on his current deal that would take him through to 2019.

    So Laurent Koscielny’s current contract runs out in 2019, not 2017.

  3. RSH says:

    it’s going to be a struggle to get 4th this season. We’ll get there though. Don’t see us doing much better than that. Chelsea, Liverpool simply have better managers that have the will to actually fight in this league, and City without question is in top 4 already. Arsenal, United, Leicester to battle for last spot. Wenger cannot motivate teams anymore, club is dying for a new direction. It’s so obvious when we play.

    1. Dee@ease says:

      We certainly need change at the club,I know change is difficult and many people resist it but we need to move into a new modern era some time,Wenger has taken the team as far as he can,we no longer play exciting football and without a shadow of doubt we have no chance of winning the title or champions league this season due to Wenger’s tactics!

      1. RSH says:

        exactly. SAF was able to adapt to changes in football and that’s how he was ontop for so long. Wenger adapts, but at dinosaur pace, and then takes two steps backwards out of nowhere sometimes. He can’t live off his past achievements forever. Over a decade without the title is not acceptable. Make all the long list of excuses you want, it’s not good enough at all. When I watch our players play now, they look like giving up the second a goal goes in. And this is a problem I’ve seen for some time. Arsenal has no fighting spirit and fold over too easily. And Wenger does nothing but sits on bench while this happens. Club has been going in the same continuous circle for years. Time for something different.

  4. Twig says:

    For those who thought Cavani is past it…

    1. RSH says:

      he pulled a Giroud, flops in meaningful games, get’s everyone back on his side by smashing a small team. Cavani=Giroud, but inform Cavani is superior. Out of form Cavani may actually be worse than out of form Giroud tho…

      1. Wilshegz says:

        Cavani is superior to Giroud in whatever form he is.. and Tuesday was more Ospina brilliance.
        Giroud=Andy Carroll

        1. mkgooner says:

          *Andy Carroll bursts into tears and throws his phone at the wall*

    2. Dee@ease says:

      Cavani is a flat track bully,it’s easy to do it in Ligue 1 against Caen than to do it against Arsenal in the champions league!

  5. Uzi Ozil says:

    Kudos to Liverpool. They know how to turn up against big teams. They have now defeated Arsenal and Chelsea away from home. Their problem is Consistency (just like Arsenal at times). Liverpool will beat a big team and lose to a smaller team. Arsenal will defeat smaller teams and lose to bigger teams (Vice Versa). Hopefully Arsenal players maintains that level of consistency.

    Chelsea were not bad but Liverpool was better. We play Hull tomorrow then Chelsea next weekend.

  6. Wilshegz says:

    hopefully wenger starts Perez upfront tomorrow and Xhaka-Cazorla,Ozil in midfield

  7. Onochie says:

    I hope Wenger goes at the end of this season,some players have become totally complacent,we need to review our players at the end of this season,those that doesn’t measure up should quietly be sold.

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