Arsene Wenger has rather bizarrely claimed that players being in the final year of their contracts is an ‘ideal’ situation, as it means they have to maintain high standards to either get a new deal with their current clubs, or a move to somewhere they fancy.
Arsenal have yet to sort out the contractual situations of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson are all into the final 12 months of their current deals.
Asked if he viewed this as an issue, the manager said, “No. It’s an ideal situation, because everybody has to perform.”
In fact, the 67 year old believes that the ever-increasing transfer fees will see this become much more prevalent at all clubs over the coming years.
“I think in the future to me you will see that more and more – players going to the end of their contracts” he said.
“Because the transfers become so high even for normal players that you will see more and more players going to the end of their contract because nobody will want to pay the amount of money that is demanded.
“And I am convinced that in the next 10 years, that will become usual.”
We’ll see, he may well be right, but it doesn’t really address our short-term issues right now.