Date: 31st May 2018 at 8:18pm
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face a stern battle this summer as the enter a new era, under the guidance of Unai Emery, and major steps have been made in an attempt to keep a fan favourite at the club.

The north London outfit have already waved goodbye to Per Mertesacker, who retired to take a role with the academy, while is also braced for an exit in the coming weeks – and could follow.

Arsenal are keen to cement the futures of their key players to avoid this type of situation in the coming years and The BBC report the semi-finalists have tabled a new contract offer to Wales .

New boss Emery is said to be desperate to retain the services of the former Cardiff City man, who signed for Arsenal as a teenager a decade ago, and wants to build his team around the midfielder alongside leading forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.