The Gunners are yet to convince England international midfielder Jack Wilshere who rejuvenated his career in the second half of the season, to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond 2019.
While reacting to the player’s contract talks with the board which appear to be taking too much time, Arsene Wenger told reporters that he hopes to get a quick and positive response from the 28-year-old midfielder.
“That decision doesn’t depend only on me.
“I want him to sign very quickly.
“We are still to make the decision and find the pen somewhere. I’m happy to give him one.”
Another player who could be leaving the North London club is Wilshere’s compatriot Danny Welbeck who joined the Gunners from Manchester United in 2014.
The striker hasn’t seen much first-team action under the French manager and he is reportedly considering ending his time at the Emirates, but Wenger is not ready to let go of the striker as he hopes the player agree to fresh terms with the club.
Extending players’ contract is becoming a problem to Arsene Wenger’s team of late. They were involved in a contract saga with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez which served as a bit of distraction to the team’s performance in 2017.
They managed to settle both players request as Mesut Ozil signed a new contract which made him the highest paid Arsenal player ever while Alexis Sanchez was allowed to join Manchester United in a swap deal that saw Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger’s men are in action tonight when they tackle Ostersunds FK in the Europa League round-of-32 return leg fixture