Wenger: We’re trying to persuade players to sign new deals

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that preliminary contract negotiations have begun with some of the club’s top players as they edge towards the final year of their current deals.

While a huge number Arsenal squad members, some since departed or on loan, have signed long-term deals in the past two years, the likes of club captain Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alex Song will become free agents in two years.

Eager to avoid a repeat of the Samir Na$ri situation, the Frenchman admitted to assembled media that contact with player representatives had been made.

“Yes, this starts now. We will try to convince them. Our desire is there to do it and we are ready to sit down with them.

Somewhat more worrying, but relative to the circumstances in which Arsenal operate, Wenger also hinted that the financial muscle of other clubs meant that there was no certainty in sealing top players on long-term deals.

“After that we see where we go but the gap on that front has become bigger for us so, today, I cannot say that if we go to the maximum [deal] we are sure to sign a player – even if we do that we are not sure.”

Looking back at a summer in which he was left with little choice but to cash in on both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the boss again lamented that the Spaniard was sold for less than market value, although the price for Nasri went some way to make up for that.

“I always said that Cesc was a bargain,” said Wenger. “We were forced into a situation because for me he is one of the best midfielders in the world and we knew that we would sell him under what he’s worth.

“With Nasri at least we got a reasonable price for a player with one year to go.”

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D J Drinkwater

this got anything to do with darren dein becoming RvP and Song’s agent?

northerngoon
northerngoon

And theo’s.. But no, this is to do with both Walcott and Van Persie openly saying that they don’t know what they’d do if Cesc left.

If we’re to become a club languishing outside of the top four with no desire shown by the powers that be to change that we will certainly see a player exodus.

Ringie
Ringie

Can’t see them signing I think this club is on it’s way down a long slippery slope :(:( I really hope I’m wrong :s

argonaut
argonaut

Failing to spend the transfer budget on decent players and preferring to buy those that appear cheap, while at the same time overpaying the shitter members of the squad, is going to guarantee that our best players leave and we can’t offload our worst players. That’s all down to Wenger, and ultimately he must be held accountable. He is paid £7M a year for a job that in the real (non-football) world would merit around £100-150K.

Dejilinho
Dejilinho

It’s amazing how people infront of their computers know all these things and Wenger knows not

Rich
Rich

Spending money doesn’t guarantee success, it helps but there’s not a lot of value in the market, if there were obvious choices we would have made them, hazard wasn’t available, m’vila will end up at city or barca, were not dining at the top table, changing the manager won’t change that, Cahill is a decent centre half, but not worth anywhere near 17mill, as it stands were a feeder club who educate players so they can move on2 better thing, changing the manager won’t change that

5am
5am

VP will commit – he owes the club……hopefully he’ll instigate that they buy one or two absolutely top signings to bring the youngsters on.

I believe Theo wants to stay but might depend on his advisors, or whether he gets the chance to play up front. Otherwise he’s off to Liverpool; Chelsea or abroad!

Arshavin will go in Dec

Song will re-sign for $s

SDDutchGunnar
SDDutchGunnar

Arsene. Do. Whatever. It. Takes. To. Resign. Van Persie. Hookers, blow, I don’t care.

Dim
Dim

Do u think that any 1 would sign with this flop of stars.. Our beloved Arsenal is going down thanks to wenger..

northerngoon
northerngoon

I wouldn’t be so quick to blame Wenger instead I’d be looking at the great tool Ivan Gazidis. Now there’s a twat if ever I’ve seen one.

Gab
Gab

For all I care, Arsh and walcott can leave and then we get better players for van P, song and others

JJ
JJ

Fat lot of good signing long contracts does these days. Cesc was on a long contact so was Henry…then they left mid-contract

The fact is we have to make it attractive for the players to stay at Arsenal as a footballing force. Would Messi ever leave Barca?

gunner_expat
gunner_expat

Oh Jack where art thou?!

Evan Davis
Evan Davis

Good luck with that

Snail
Snail

What a bunch of whingers. Grow a pair.

AirzyFC
AirzyFC

Wouldn’t and couldn’t blame any of them if they left. They came when we were real contenders and I can’t say I can see us returning to that stage again any time soon. If they want to win big titles they’ll have to leave. We’ve been totally blown out of the water and FFP won’t ever help us get back. Sorry chaps.

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Good-Bloke
Good-Bloke

I’m sure being bottom of the table after this weekend will be all that’s needed to convince them.

Fuck knows how we’re gonna dig ourselves out of this shit, could be a very harsh decade.

The Red and White Observer
The Red and White Observer

AW says: in fairness, they don’t hurt me too much. You worry more about the young player who gets in the team at the moment and gets slaughtered. I remember when I was 19 that were much more difficult for me to take.”

For more than one year I have been reading negative narratives on this & many others blogs/also channelled in the media (all sources) slaughtering our young and new players. (He is crap is often the words used) Yet on match day we the supporters expect a 19/20 year old to go on the pitch and boss the game, score goals, win matches, play football to the highest level… why because we believe because they are paid £50k a week, their hunger to win must be the catalyst.

All we can ask of them is once they put on the Red and White is to play with pride, followed by 90 minutes of pure dedication twice a week.
The players we call “crap” and other swear words … they all read the press/blogs/twitter, they too listen to the radio/watch TV… and when we continually belittle them, their confidence and self esteem is diminished.

P.S. I want us to win.

Wilshere is out until Christmas… I guess we will see him in Jan 2012 or maybe not at all… TV5 is a great example of three weeks a month, then a season. Second season poison. What gets me is how a 19 year old was not able to heal within a period of 5 months, to include summer months when the body heals most quickly. Does not bode well for his future.

Robbo Redondo
Robbo Redondo

You talk some shit

Popeye
Popeye

The fact that dein is the agent is the worrying thing. Can’t see rvp staying unless we have a massive upturn in form , song and tv cant see being a problem Walcott am not so sure, he’s young and has the time that rvp no longer has. Going to be another interesting summer it seems.

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[…] Arsene spoke last week about the need to sort out contract situations with a number of players and you would have to hope that behind the scenes a lot of work is being done. Remember, Nasri had, in principle, agreed a contract extension as far back as last October before he got the heeby-jeebies, so I imagine there’s plenty happening. However, Robin talking about leaving it until the end of the season is a bit worrying, simply because of the position it puts us in. […]