Posted on Saturday, 8th September 2012 by The Goon
Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes his former club needs to revise it’s stance on renewing players’ contracts.
The Gunners lost the services of both Robin van Persie and Alex Song to Manchester United and Barcelona respectively this summer, leaving right-back Bacary Sagna recently admitting that despite having one more year left on his contract he has not heard from anybody at the club about a new deal even though he wants to stay at Arsenal.
This concerns Winterburn, and the ex-England international wants the club to put an end to this worrying habit.
He recently told talkSPORT’s ‘Kick Off Show’:
‘I would think that there has to be an internal review at the football club as to why several players are getting right down to inside the last year of their contracts.
‘Really you need to start nailing them down when they’ve got a year-and-a-half to go.
‘When you drop inside that last year, in players’ minds they’re starting to question if the clubs still want them, a little bit.’
Undoubtedly Winterburn is right. The club need to stop letting our best players’ contracts run down to the last year. It’s just a risk which is unnecessary to take, and it seems as if the board and those involved don’t care about it, which is frustrating to us the fans and players alike.
The club need to sort this situation out and seem to have finally taken notice by trying to tie down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a new improved deal. However, they haven’t spoken to Sagna, who recently expressed his concern on the matter.
Hopefully they put an end to this once and for all.
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