According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are set to offer young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi a new contract worth around £75,000 per week, which would double his salary in north London.
The youngster has made a promising start to his Gunners career after a move to the Gunners from homeland club Lorient for a fee of around £7million plus bonuses.
This is a strange move
I have to say I don’t understand why the Gunners are handing him a new contract so soon after joining. The youngster still has three years on his current contract to run, so why double his wages?
He has played 47 games and looked promising. However, I wouldn’t say he has been particularly outstanding in his debut campaign. He is only 20 years old and will improve, but to give him a bumper contract at this point makes little sense.
Arsenal have a big problem with wages
The Gunners have dug themselves into a big hole when it comes to wages. The prime example of the poor handling of financial resources is the fact that something sanctioned Mesut Ozil’s £350,000 per-week contract.
Even if the German player was the best in the world, his pay packet would still be far too much. He is now more of a bit-part player and is fast becoming a burden on the Gunners back balance.
Attacking midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan is another player who simply does not justify his reported £200,000 per week deal. The Gunners never seem to learn from their mistakes when it comes to giving out big contracts.
They either let players leave as free agents without a fee or go the way and hand them ridiculous contracts. There never seems to be an in-between or balance when it comes to player contracts.
Handing Guendouzi a bumper new deal is a strange move
In time, Guendouzi may well become a top player in the future. However, all he is at the minute, he is just a good promising young player, who may one day become a very good player.
Doubling his pay and handing him a new contract at this point is quite baffling. It is not like he is in the last two years of his deal, so the Gunners are in no danger of losing him on a free anytime soon.
With funds supposedly tight to bring new players this summer, then giving one of the existing squad a pay rise seems a strange move.
Does Guendouzi deserve a new contract at Arsenal?