When you think of Arsenal players, the general assumption is that they are young and inexperienced talents that have a lot of potential rather than the top quality experienced players that are coming to the latter stages of their career. And although we have started to move towards that a little bit more this season, with the team regularly featuring the likes of Sagna and Arteta who are both in their 30s, there still aren’t many players who retire with the Gunners.
Arsenal have today announced on the clubs official website Arsenal.com that the Gunners have re-signed German youngster Serge Gnabry on a new long term contract. Gnabry, who is just 18 years old has impressed immensely for the Gunners so far this season, making a few appearances for the first team already.
Having also scored a goal in the league game against Swansea, Gnabry is already on his rise to stardom as one of the club’s most promising players at this current moment in time and the way he is developing at such a rate means that everyone is very much looking forward to the exciting young prospect we have on our books. Arsene Wenger announced the contract extension in today’s press conference ahead of the Capital One Cup game against Chelsea, which I’m sure the man in question, Serge Gnabry, will surely partake in.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is now the longest serving manager in football management in England at the moment, having been in London for 17 years now, however with his current contract set to expire in the summer for Le Prof, he has made it very clear to the media that there is no guarantees that he will continue with Arsenal beyond the end of this season.
It is being reported today that Arsenal will open talks with Arsene Wenger over a new contract weeks after the talks were first rumoured to be happening. The manager has been under more pressure in the last three or four seasons more than he ever has before at the club. Some fans have even called for his head several times in this uneasy period of time which, to me, is very surprising.
The club were on such a roll when Wenger first arrived. Premier League titles, Cup titles season after season and a Champions League final in 2006 but since then the club seems to have been on a downhill slide.
Bacary Sagna did not have his best season for Arsenal last time around, not by a long way. At his age, we should not be too surprised that the recovery from two bad leg breaks in one year took a bit longer than we would have liked. Add to that his criticism of the club’s ambitions after selling van Persie and Song in the summer, while he stalled on his decision whether to renew his contract with the Gunners, and it is safe to say that he was not the most happy and popular player at the club.
Bacary Sagna has been talking to the media a lot today mentioning that he is in contact with Arsenal over signing a new contract as he approaches his last year. I for one think Sagna will be off this summer, however the other comments he made today about Arsenal’s chances of success next season make me think otherwise.
It is being reported today in most of the major Spanish media outlets that Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is on his way to Arsenal this summer after telling Barcelona that he is leaving. Barcelona are thought to have a goalkeeper lined up to replace him although they are keeping their mouths shut on just who that will be.
It has been reported at different times over the last few months that Valdes is unhappy at Barcelona and Barcelona are unhappy with him because of numerous attempts to agree a new contract for the Spaniard that have gone wrong and resulted in the possible transfer.
Arsenal are hoping that Theo Walcott will sign a new deal to keep the forward at the Emirates Stadium, although Matthew Glazier of Bettingpro.com wonders if they really need him.
THEO Walcott arrived at Arsenal in January 2006 and it appears that he could be leaving seven years down the line, with the 23-year-old playing hard ball with the club when it comes to signing a new deal.
It might be the case that the player has already decided to leave the Gunners, whether that happens during the January transfer window or in the summer when Walcott might have more options available to him. However, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too concerned about the player’s possible departure – here are five reasons why:
Theo Walcott may be refusing to sign a new contract with Arsenal, but he keeps proving his worth every time he puts on the red and white jersey, including yet another goal in yesterday’s brilliant 5-2 win over Tottenham.
Most of the best football betting sites have made Chelsea the favourites to poach Walcott in January, but Arsene Wenger continues to insist that he will do his utmost to keep the England international at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s problems are far from being over, as French manager Arsene Wenger has admitted the fact that winger Theo Walcott has yet to extend his deal with the Gunners.
Walcott’s contract will run out next season, and according to the Frenchman the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement yet. After speaking about Robin Van Persie’s leave, Wenger turned his attention to Walcott, saying:
‘We are still trying to extend his deal.’
‘When a player doesn’t want to stay you either force him or you let him go.’