Faced with losing star players through poor contract management next summer, Arsenal are set to begin talks with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck over extending their stays at the Emirates, according to Guardian sport.
The pair’s current contracts expire in 2019 and the Premier League giants are keen that the 26-year-olds commit their futures to the club.
Arsenal are poised to lose their key players Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, both 28, after failing to tie the players down to new contracts. Until Alexandre Lacazette, 26, arrived in the summer, they were the club’s record signings.
Their departures led to slew of criticism of both manager Arsène Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis. With the Frenchman’s own contract situation undecided beyond 2019 as well, negotiations with Welbeck and Ramsey may prove far from straightforward.
The club appointed former Team Sky contract expert Huss Fahmy to oversee negotiations in the summer but the disastrous departures of Sanchez and Özil has put clubs on alert over other Arsenal contracts.
Ramsey’s desire to play in Spain, particularly Barcelona, is an open secret while Welbeck’s preference for playing centrally has been stifled by Lacazette’s arrival.
Neither player has yet indicated whether they will extend their stays in north London. Ramsey was signed in 2008 after Arsenal fought off Manchester United for the then-18-year-old’s services while Welbeck arrived in 2014.