The Mirror report this morning that Arsenal are set to offer new contracts to Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal as Arsene Wenger looks to retain stability in his squad.
The German international has a deal that runs until 2018, but in the current climate, and with players with two years of less on their deals now holding more cards than ever before, Arsenal want to tie him down with a new deal and improved terms.
The same applies to Monreal, whose deal expires next summer. Having been quizzed on the Spaniard’s future in August, the Arsenal manager said there was nothing stirring in terms of a contract.
“I’m happy with his performances but at the moment we are not in negotiations for a new contract,” he said at the time.
However, having established himself firmly as first choice at left-back due to his consistently excellent performances, it looks as if there’s been a change of heart from the manager – with some rumours suggesting that the former Malaga man has already put pen to paper.
We’ll wait for official confirmation of this, but despite transfer market woes, one of the things the club has improved over the last couple of years is making sure players don’t allow their contracts to run down.