Arsenal are in talks with Nacho Monreal about a new deal as the defender closes in on the end of his current contract.
Of all those players, the Guardian, who are one of the most reliable around when it comes to Arsenal news, believe that the club has only opened talks with Nacho.
Arsenal are expected to come to some sort of arrangement with Danny Welbeck that will see them stand by the player as he recovers from his horrendous broken ankle. What form that support will take is hard to say and it would be a brave person who bets on the club handing Welbeck a three-year deal like the previous regime would have done.
As for Lichtsteiner, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him handed a one-year extension at some point. He was the first arrival under Unai Emery, named as Emery’s first signing by the Guardian, and at the time Emery said, “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.” Arsenal still need that experience.
Similarly, Petr Cech has bags of the same stuff but believes he can play on until he’s 40. Given that he’s only 36, will he want to stick around at Arsenal to be a glorified keeper coach when he thinks he could still be playing?
Aaron Ramsey, as we know, will be off in the summer after the club withdrew his contract offer.