Arsene Wenger says that as well as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the club are working on contract extensions for a number of first team players.
Some of them are because time is ticking on their contracts, like the star duo, but for others there are options which can activated by the club if they choose.
The Arsenal manager is keen proponent of squad stability, and we’re now at a stage when decisions have to be made.
“We work as well on Giroud and on many players,” he said. “There are six or seven cases at the moment but that is the usual case, it is every year like that.
“We have started talking to Oxlade-Chamberlain, we’ve started with Santi as well and will certainly extend with him. We will work with Giroud as well and on many players.
“That explains to you why we have a lot of work to do, but you are only interested in two cases.”
Reports last month said that the club were set to offer Laurent Koscielny new terms, despite the fact his situation is not so pressing.
So, what is the lay of the land, and which players are approaching the point where contracts need to be sorted out?
Santi Cazorla – contract expires in 2017, Arsenal have an option to extend for one year which Wenger says they will activate
Per Mertesacker – contract expires in 2017, Arsenal have an option to extend for one year provided they inform the player by the end of January, at which point it becomes a mutual decision.
Yaya Sanogo – contract expires in 2017
Mesut Ozil – contract expires in 2018
Alexis Sanchez – contract expires in 2018
Olivier Giroud – contract expires in 2018
Jack Wilshere – contract expires in 2018
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – contract expires in 2018
Kieran Gibbs – contract expires in 2018
Carl Jenkinson – contract expires in 2018
Wojciech Szczesny – contract expires in 2018
Mathieu Debuchy – contract expires in 2018
So, plenty of work to do to get those players into the Commemorative Rosicky Contract Extension Dungeon.
Over to you, Ivan and Dick, our intrepid negotiating duo.