Arsenal are reportedly edging ever closer to seeing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rob Holding sign new long-term deals with the club.
Following Arsene Wenger’s decision to renew, things are expected to now move with a bit of speed at the Emirates as the pieces start to fall into place.
From contract extensions to signings in the transfer market, changes are needed at Arsenal this summer in order to get them back into the top four next season and to start really competing for major honours.
Part of that strategy will be getting key individuals already at the club to commit their long-term futures, and according to The Mirror, Holding is set to do that.
The £2.1m signing from Bolton last summer enjoyed an impressive first season at Arsenal, proving that he can offer something immediately rather than being seen as an investment for further down the road.
In turn, the 21-year-old is expected to pen a new agreement which will see him earn around £25,000-a-week, and if his performance in the FA Cup final is anything to go by, Wenger may well have picked out a star for the future.
Meanwhile, he isn’t the only first-team star expected to sign a new contract as The Telegraph report that Oxlade-Chamberlain is increasingly likely to stay with Arsenal beyond this summer.
Interest from Liverpool has complicated matters somewhat, but after also impressing this past year as he showed his quality and versatility to do a job for Wenger’s side in several positions, the England international has seemingly silenced many of his detractors.
The report claims he’ll be earning a little more than Holding as he’ll agree terms on a £100,000-a-week deal, or potentially just over, and so this will be a huge double boost for the club as this is also an indication of their ambition and ability to convince their best players to stay.