Arsenal pair Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will start the new Premier League campaign without the assurance of having long-term deals in place.
The pair have two years remaining on their respective deals, but given that initial talks began last September and with little progress being made, concern will naturally be growing.
According to The Times, talks will now not resume until after the transfer window closes at the end of the month, as the situation continues to edge closer to a worrying end result for the Gunners.
Naturally, the Premier League giants will be keen to tie down their futures as soon as possible, but as they now look ahead to the start of the new season, they will continue to edge closer to being in a vulnerable position if agreements aren’t reached soon.
The reasoning behind the lack of progress is unknown at this stage, but what the situation also does is continue to pile pressure on Arsene Wenger and the club to ensure that they are successful.
It may well be linked to Arsenal’s lack of silverware aside from the FA Cup in recent years, and if they don’t strengthen sufficiently to put themselves in contention for the Premier League title this season, perhaps that will lead to further tension and problems between the two parties.
Nevertheless, that is all speculation at this point and it could all come to an abrupt end if the pair reach an agreement after the window has closed.
Given their importance to Wenger’s side and the room for further development to lead Arsenal’s charge for success, it’s more than likely that the Gunners will offer the best deal possible as they hope to end all talk of exits sooner rather than later.