After seeing Arsenal fail to agree new deals with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, it appears Arsene Wenger is desperate to avoid a similar situation with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck, whose contract will enter the last year at the end of the season, reports the Daily Star.
“Yes, that is something we want to address. Both of them are in a good moment for us. But this season there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract for the first time and you will see that more,” said Wenger.
“The clubs want too much more for normal players. Because they say if one player is worth £200m, then this player is worth £50m. But everybody knows for that player £50m is too much and they cannot afford it. So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year of their contract.”
Ramsey has appeared in every Premier League game for Arsenal so far, starting four times and coming off the bench once. He’s scored one goal and made one assist and has been a good midfield partner for Granit Xhaka. Welbeck has started all five of Arsenal’s league games this season, scoring three goals and making one assist.
Both players are enjoying key roles in the side, and as a result Arsenal want to ensure they have their most important stars tied down for the long-term. Alexis and Ozil are expected to leave the club in the next six to 12 months, while Ramsey and Welbeck would be two players Wenger’s hoping will stay.
But after seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grow disillusioned with Arsenal, Wenger can’t be complacent. The London side have let a lot of contracts go down to their last year, with Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Ozil and Alexis’ deals all expiring next summer.
As a result, contract talks with both Ramsey and Welbeck should take place this season.