Two more players set to leave Arsenal for free
Two more players, besides Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil could now leave Arsenal for free as they near the end of their contracts.
The Gunners are set to lose both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for free next summer, with both into the final year of their contracts and unwilling to sign extensions and they could be joined by Ramsey and Welbeck.
Jack Wilshere is another with less than a year remaining, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was sold to Liverpool during the summer with just 12 months remaining on his deal.
Arsenal’s neighbours Tottenham learned from bitter experience not to allow contracts to run down below two years, losing Sol Campbell to their north London rivals on a free in 2001.
Ramsey, on £100,000 a week, scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final in May and is still very much part of Wenger’s first-team plans.
Welbeck has fought back from two serious injuries to establish himself as a key player. The £70,000-a-week England striker is out until after October’s international break with a groin injury suffered last weekend.
Wenger insisted he had no fears, after Sanchez, of Arsenal finding themselves involved in further contract wrangles without a policy change.
“Not at all,” he said, before Monday’s home game against West Brom. “With the amount of transfer levels and the expected amount of contracts the players want, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contract.
“You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you will go into the final year.
“This season, there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract for the first time and you will see that more.
“The clubs want too much more for normal players.
“They say that if one player is worth £200million, then this player is worth £50m. But everybody knows, for that player £50m is too much and they cannot afford it. So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players will go into the final year.”