Could summer 2017 be the start of a new dawn for Arsenal? At the moment there seems a possibility that we could be witnessing a noticeable shake up both on and off the pitch for the Gunners. The futures of manager, Arsene Wènger, out of contract this summer, and star players, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, both out of contract in the summer of 2018, are clearly the biggest points of interest at the moment, but much more is afoot at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have already extended the contracts of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla, two players they have missed this season, until 2018. Along with the two veterans a host of other Arsenal players will see their deals expire in 2018 including:
In total, Arsenal are entering this summer’s transfer window with ten players one year away from leaving on a free transfer. It appears that Arsenal have not began contract talks with the latter six players as the focus is on Wenger, Özil and Sanchez at the moment, but this is worrying. The club have publicly confirmed they want to keep and extend the stays of the bulk of the above players, but with no talks underway, it means a busy contract renegotiation process is on the agenda for the summer.
How many of these players will be at Arsenal at the start of the 2017-2018 season? And of those who are there, how many will sign new contracts, thus meaning they will likely be at the club beyond that? It is an interesting predicament, especially seeing as a bulk of those players were expected to form the core of Arsenal for years to come.