Emirates Stadium supporters set for some much needed good news.
Arsenal are on the cusp of agreeing new contracts with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, according to reports.
Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are in talks to tie their futures down for seasons to come, while Carl Jenkinson’s new deal still hasn’t been announced but has been done and dusted for some time.
With all the doom and gloom around the Emirates Stadium following their crashing out of the Capital One Cup away at League Two side Bradford City news that young talents are ready to commit themselves to the North London club will at least give some Xmas cheer to a fanbase that can take all the good news it can get.
Arsene Wenger’s footballing model is based on young talents making the grade at the club and ideally staying to see their career blossom at Arsenal. All too often the Gunners have seen their top talents picked off in recent years and news that these five quality players are ready to sign new extended deals will be well received by the club’s supporters.
Jack Wilshere has returned following a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has begun to feel his way back towards his best and is an a young man who lives and breathes Arsenal Football Club. The midfielder has made it clear he has no intentions of leaving and is a player Wenger would like to build a side around for the next decade.
Former Charlton Athletic man Carl Jenkinson was initially thrust into the first team due to an injury crisis that severely limited full-back options at the club but the England international has thrived and instantly adapted and grew into his role on the right-hand side of the defence.
News that he is to sign a new long term deal may well send a message to Bacary Sagna that a ready-made replacement, perhaps even a player who on form alone is ahead of the Frenchman, that if he chooses to continue to turn down offers made to him the 29 year old could be shown the door.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has perhaps made less of an impact this term than he did last season and has been used in a more central role which perhaps doesn’t showcase his talent as much as the marauding runs down the wing the Arsenal fans were treated to in 2011/12.
Kieran Gibbs has struggled with injuries but when fully fit is far superior to woeful Brazilian Andre Santos and though Aaron Ramsey has at times be exasperating in Arsenal’s midfield it is clear that the Welshman has the talent to be a hugely influential member of the Arsenal squad but needs to learn that more often than not, less is more.
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