All the news in recent weeks has been about the future of contract revel Alexis Sanchez’s future at the club.
Whilst Sanchez has taken up all the column inches, Arsenal have another 8 senior players who’s deals are coming to an end in 2018.
Here is my opinion on where they will end up…
Mesut Ozil – The German wants to leave Arsenal. But the problem is that no one wants him.
No club in England fancy him.
A return to Spain is impossible. Real Madrid won’t have him back, Barcelona don’t need him, and he won’t suit Atletico’s style (and they have a transfer ban).
Bayern Munich don’t want him, no other German side can afford him. A move to Turkey will see his wages massively cut. That leaves Italy and France.
He might be waiting to see if PSG will make a move. Then you have the new cash rich AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Likelihood is he will realise he has no other option but to stay at Arsenal. Either sign a new contract, or leave on a free to Fenerbache after the season – with Fenerbache paying him a big lump sum to make up for lower wages.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – In a World Cup year, the Ox has realised that his career has stalled. He has not moved forward since the last World Cup – where he started every game – and he is now in danger of not even making the squad.
The Ox wants more game time, and not at right back. His future rests on Alexis Sanchez’a decision. He sees himself as the perfect replacement for Sanchez behind the striker. If he is guaranteed a chance to fight for that position, he will stay. If he has told “we see your future at right wing back” he will be gone.
Jack Wilshere – Missing pre-season again is a disaster for Arsenal as it means they can not shift the no-longer-youngster on.
With a year left on his deal, so Arsenal offer him a new 4 year contract and risk another Abou Diaby situation? Or do they let his contract run down and lose a player for nothing who cost nothing.
This is a situation that is in Arsenal’s hands.
Wojciech Szczesny – He wants to leave. Arsenal want to sell him. But until a decision is made on the future of Petr Cech, David Ospina and a new 2nd choice keeper, he might be another who ends up staying.
Would be Arsenal’s second choice for a year, before likely joining Juventus on a free transfer to replace Buffon.
Kieran Gibbs – Basically can pick who he wants to join. Offers will come in for him from the likes of Newcastle, Watford, West Ham and more. A simple case of seeing what they offer him, and deciding where he wants to go.
Per Mertesacker & Santi Cazorla – Both just signed new one year extensions. Will probably be their last at the club.
Carl Jenkinson – Like Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal are looking to move him on. But the lack of Premier League interest will be a a worry for him.
He might look to push a loan deal to a Premier League side to prove himself as a Premier League player before leaving on a free next year.
Might end up with a lifeline at Arsenal if Debuchy, Bellerin & Ox leave.
Joel Campbell – “Get out whilst you can Joel”. Arsenal might wish they had of got him out after the last World Cup when they could.
Likely to be sold to a La Liga or Portuguese side, but not for very much.