Arsenal have a lot of problems right now and if some aren’t dealt with soon, they could have massive repercussions going forward.
Arsenal have two players who are out of contract at the end of the season. Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
While the Spaniard has been sidelined since October 2016 and is highly unlikely to play for Arsenal again, the club are trying to get Wilshere tied down to a new deal pronto.
At the time of writing, according to the Standard Sport, it doesn’t seem as if they’re having much success.
Similarly, Aaron Ramsey, who’s out of contract next summer, also looks like he could leave Arsenal despite the midfielder being a key player for Arsene Wenger’s side when fit.
The problem is, after Mesut Ozil ran down his contract to its final six months and Arsenal handed him £300k-per-week, probably because they panicked, other players appear to have taken note.
Wilshere has been offered a new deal with a pay cut and although it’s reportedly incentivised, the 26-year-old doesn’t appear to be happy. As a result, the England international only has three months left on his current contract and could go for free in the summer.
You see, Arsenal players know they can hold out and if the club wants to keep them, they’ll cough up the cash. If they don’t, the player is free to leave and scoop up whatever fees their future team don’t spend on their transfer in wages.
With the addition of Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who are on £180kpw and £170kpw respectively, fewer and fewer Arsenal players will be willing to hang around and pick up a measly £80kpw.
Although you can probably understand where they’re coming from, this could be a major problem going forward.