Arsenal are threatening to axe any of their players entering the final two years of their contract moving forward. nd that could see a host of their best players SOLD in a dramatic new strategy to avoid stars running down their deals. The Gunners have suffered in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere walking away on free transfers. At their age with their ability, Arsenal have missed out on huge fees by not tying them down to contract extensions or selling before the final year of their deals. Negotiations were drawn out with both and Arsenal ultimately had to offload Sanchez in January 2018, letting him leave for Manchester United in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Ozil eventually agreed a new deal but Arsenal smashed their wage structure in the process by handing him a £350,000-a-week contract. The 30-year-old playmaker has since been far from a regular in the side under Unai Emery this season. With the Premier League transfer window now open, Arsenal are assessing current situations with their first-team squad. Danny Welbeck looks on course to follow Juventus-bound Ramsey out the door on a free following his latest injury-hit campaign. But crucially, the club’s three top earners in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ozil and Mkhitaryan are all under contract for two more years.
Others with the same or shorter deals at the Emirates are captain Laurent Koscielny along with fellow defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Montreal, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Arsenal’s ageing defence needs an overhaul is expected to be addressed by Emery during the window. The current wage bill is now close to £240m, so the club will tell those players to either sign up or move on. Arsenal hope to overhaul their squad to give Emery the best chance of improving on their fifth-place finish. But victory in next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Chelsea is pivotal, as they will have a transfer budget of just £45m if they lose in Baku, Azerbaijan and subsequently miss out on Champions League qualification.