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How has Arsene Wenger allowed this summer’s contract fiasco at Arsenal?

Monday 10th July 2017
Arsenal has 11 players with just 12 months left on their current deals, five of which were regular first-team players last season. Three of the aforementioned have reportedly rejected terms this summer and want to leave the club. One player looks set for an exit as Arsenal haven't engaged in talks as of yet. 

So how did it come to this?

Which players are currently out of contract next summer?

Alexis Sanchez has rejected a new deal and wants to leave the club ahead of the new season. Manchester City and Bayern Munich are the two sides interested in the Chilean forward.

Mesut Ozil also turned down a contract extension but there aren't clubs interest due to the German playmaker's lofty asking prices and wage demands.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is believed to have had his head turned by Liverpool and won't sign a deal at Arsenal as a result.

Aaron Ramsey was alleged to have engaged in contract talks with Arsenal last month, but there was no official release that suggested terms had been agreed.

Jack Wilshere was expected to be offered a new deal in April but there has been no progress as of yet.

Wojciech Szczesny hasn't had a new deal put his way and looks likely to be sold to Juventus or another Serie A side this summer.

Santi Cazorla had signed a contract extension last summer and is working on a 12-month basis due to his ongoing injury problems.

Kieran Gibbs won't be offered a new deal, nor is the England left-back wanted by Arsenal this summer. Newcastle, Watford and Brighton have been linked.

Joel Campbell has been unwanted by Arsenal for some time and is up for sale this summer. The Costa Rica forward was supposed to undergo talks in January but there haven't been any reports suggesting he agreed on terms.

Carl Jenkinson won't be offered a new deal and is up for sale this summer. His wage demands are the only reason he didn't join Crystal Palace earlier last season.

Matt Macey has been subsidiary for some time and isn't likely to be retained given the goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order.

Why hasn't Wenger tied down contracts for the most valuable assets?

The Arsenal manager has come under a lot of criticism for having sorted his own future at the club but none of the key players. The Gunners continue to gamble with the happiness of players but never engaging in talks until they're at a crossroads with a year remaining.

Dick Law is responsible for dropping the ball. He was brought in to sort the contracts of existing players but has completely forgotten his chief role at the club. Players who were loaned out last season have since returned and no talks appear to be planned.

Sanchez signed a four-year deal in 2014 but Arsenal didn't think of contract talks at the end of his second season where the Londoners finished second in the Premier League. They're now paying the price for dawdling.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract situation is down to frustration over a lack of playing time in his best position and trust from Wenger. He feels he should be a regular starter each week in the midfield, but still the 23-year-old is treated as expendable.

How has Arsenal responded?

Arsenal appointed Team Sky's legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy to negotiate contracts with the existing players and new arrivals. Arsenal hasn't been exactly sleepwalking given they have had contracts on the table for Sanchez, Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the same can't be said for the rest of the players listed.

Gibbs may not be wanted in the long-term at Arsenal, but the club has lost a lot of value with his deal up next summer. His reported £15m asking price was slashed in half to boost the chances of his sale. So many other players have been reported to be in talks but there's no outcome reported suggesting terms had been agreed.

Supporters will remember how Robin van Persie was sold for a cut-price to a title rival due to his deal being up the following summer. Lessons still haven't been learned.

If Arsenal fail to secure new signings and allow players to leave on cut-price deals, they will have a lot to answer for, most of which we will see outpoured on Arsenal Fan TV.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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