Arsenal have some big decisions to make as the Premier League deadline for contract extensions looms.
The Gunners have players whose situations need to be resolved by June 23rd – tomorrow – with paperwork required to be submitted for them to continue playing for us this season.
Typically contracts run until June 30th – well after domestic campaigns end – but the situation has been complicated by the Covid-19 lockdown and the three-month break without football.
The players in question are David Luiz, who was signed from Chelsea for £8m on just a one year contract, although there is an option for another one. After the Man City game last week, the Brazilian said in a rambling interview that he should have taken a different decision in the last two months, but it remains unclear what exactly he was referring to.
It’s thought that the 33 year old and his agent Kia Joorabchian were playing games as they sought a two year deal, with the club unwilling to agree to that. After his horror show performance against City, and with the wages he’d be expecting, he might well have played his last game for Arsenal.
Dani Ceballos is on loan from Madrid, and the understanding is that an agreement has already been found for him to continue until the end of the season. Arsenal also want to make the Pablo Mari deal permanent, despite the Spaniard suffering a serious injury in the Man City game, while what happens with Cedric Soares is even more complicated.
He’s injured for another two weeks anyway, and the situation is that his Southampton contract runs out on June 30th, so he would have to agree an extension with them first and then the two clubs would have to extend the loan. Reports last week said there had been no offer yet from Arsenal, and the right-back may leave the club having never played a single game – in a deal which will have cost close to £5m in total when you count loan fee, agent fees and wages.
We previously reported that Matt Macey, our third choice keeper, is also coming to the end of his deal…we may have been wrong on that. The Guardian’s Nick Ames tweeted last night that the club recently took up an option to extend his contract for another 12-months. We assume this will be confirmed at some point but at least it’s one less thing to worry about.
Still, there’s plenty for the executive team to do in the next day or so. Let’s see what pans out.