Now that the summer transfer window has firmly closed, teams can now focus on players that they already currently have on their rosters. While head coaches/managers are surely fully focused on the season at hand, there could be work done behind the scenes. This is now a great time to hand out contract extensions to deserving players. In Arsenal’s case, they certainly don’t want repeats of past contract situations with players such as Robin van Persie and Alexis Sanchez.
Luckily for the Gunners, they currently only have one senior player set to end his contract in the summer of 2020: Matt Macey. Although the third-string goalkeeper could very well depart the north London club next summer, there are a few players that could be awarded fresh deals to avoid a mess in the future.
The star striker has been a hit since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January of 2018. One of the most lethal forwards in the Premier League, Aubameyang fully deserves his current reported salary in the £200,000-per-week range. Arsenal are supposedly very open to extending the Gabon international’s contract, which is set to expire in 2021.
Although he is 30, and previous club regimes had a history of not handing out big contracts to players over 30, the Gunners are likely to at least offer a new deal to their main man. Aubameyang appears very happy in London and the two sides should be able to agree to a fresh extension.
Guendouzi only just signed on with the Gunners last summer. However, the Frenchman’s meteoric rise to one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe means that he should be a priority for a fresh deal. Now 20, Guendouzi has gone from a relatively no-name Ligue 2 teenager to giving significant minutes to a massive Premier League club.
Currently on about £40,000-per-week, Guendouzi has already earned a pay raise. Obviously, he is still improving, but the central midfielder has the potential to be an extremely impressive player in the future. Guendouzi’s hard work was recognized last week when he was given his first senior France national team invite.
Suggestions that the striker would find it difficult making the jump from Ligue 1 to the Premier League were quickly dashed. The reigning Arsenal Player of the Year, Lacazette is immensely important to this team. Not only is he supremely talented, but he also scores vital goals in big games.
Although Lacazette’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2022, he is currently in the prime of his career. He could also save the club a future headache if he were to agree to a new extension. The team’s third-highest paid player at around £180,000-per-week, Lacazette may very well receive an offer in the Aubameyang price range.
Currently on loan at Leeds United, Nketiah is seemingly the heir to Aubameyang’s throne for the future. Whether it’s in the Arsenal youth ranks, England’s youth teams, or now with Leeds, Nketiah just knows how to score. It’s as simple as that. Not exactly the flashiest player, the 20-year-old striker just gets the job done.
Nketiah last extended his contract with Arsenal in 2017. While the details of the contract have kept quiet, the forward signed the same time as the aforementioned Macey. This is not to suggest that Nketiah’s contract runs out in 2020, but that his current contract most likely runs until 2021 or 2022. Arsenal should do what they can to secure the lethal Nketiah for the foreseeable future.