Emirates Stadium boss’s problems continue.
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal face major battles to avoid losing another FOUR players next summer.
Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrey Arshavin will all have one year left on their contracts at the end of the current season.
And Gunners boss Wenger may be forced to cash in on them, rather than risk losing the quartet on free transfers.
Arsenal opted to sell Samir Nasri this summer because he only had one year left on his deal – and Manchester City TREBLED his wages to £180,000-a-week.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Now this is interesting. Is there any chance whatsoever that Arsenal would consider selling any of this quartet? Well perhaps there is a likelihood that off form Russian Andrei Arshavin would be offloaded if a good price came in for the former Zenit man but there is surely no chance whatsoever that Arsene Wenger would consider offers for the rest of this group, regardless of contract issues.
Having lost three key first team players this summer, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, and then watched as the North London side struggled for form, there is surely no chance that Wenger would look to sell any more of his first team regulars.
If contracts are the issue then clearly new ones will be offered and offers for Thomas Vermaelen and Robin Van Persie in particular, will almost certainly be lucrative ones as the Belgian and Dutch internationals are hugely important to Wenger and are two of the most reliable players Arsene Wenger has in his squad.
Theo Walcott can of course be an exasperating player to watch at times, obvious talent more often than not limited by lack of consistency, however last term the England international did get his scoring boots on, netting nine in 19 Premier League starts, and could be a vital link between the wide areas and strikers if he can just make the right decisions with his final ball or attempt on goal.
This season is a crucial one for the club and Wenger individually and clearly things have not started well but it’s too early to say just how the campaign may pan out and indeed whether the club would seek to offload this quartet of talents.