Arsenal are trying to secure five players on new long term contracts in order to ensure that there is no repeat of this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Winger Theo Walcott, midfielder Aaron Ramsey, full back Nacho Monreal, striker Danny Welbeck and goalkeeper Petr Cech all have contracts until 2019, but the Gunners are keen to make sure none of them enter the last twelve months of their current deals.
The contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have cast a long shadow over Arsenal’s season so far with uncertainty off the pitch no doubt contributing to some abject displays on the field.
With so many players entering the last twelve months of their contracts with the London club, the Gunners have reportedly hired Huss Fahmy, formerly of cycling Team Sky, who will try to improve how contract negotiations are handled.
In the case of the five players named, it’s unlikely they will to seek out moves away from the Emirates, unlike others such as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez, and it maybe the case that deals for the five will be tied up pretty quickly.