Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie both left Arsenal with just one year to go on their contracts.
The players, who both ended up in Manchester, were sold for less than their true value as the Gunners had waited too long to begin negotiations; now it seems the club have learnt from the past.
The 26-year-old German playmaker is a crucial part of Arsène Wenger’s side, and the manager is adamant that the German won’t be allowed to leave in the near future. As a result, the club will look to tie him down to a huge new deal.
The midfielder is already on a £140k a week contract, which has reportedly since been matched by the deals signed by Alexis Sánchez and 2014 and Theo Walcott in 2015, but a new deal would see him earn even more.
Nacho Monreal is also reportedly being targeted as a player to award with a new deal, after the 29-year-old defender has enjoyed an incredibly impressive year. His contract runs until the end of the season, but Arsenal allegedly have the option to extend it by a further year.
However, rumours this summer seemed to suggest his agent wanted a new deal. That’s understandable: the defender is in the form of his life and turns 30 in February, so this is his last chance at earning a great deal.
In years gone by Arsenal haven’t been able to compete with the wages offered by a club like Manchester City or Manchester United but times have changed, and the Gunners are being far more forceful than before.
Rumours in recent weeks have seen Mesut Özil linked with a transfer, but getting him to commit to the club would be a fantastic move for Arsenal.