Wenger to be quizzed about Arsenal signing deals with three big-name players - report
By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger will be quizzed on Monday by Arsenal shareholders about the contract situations of three star men, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Wenger will have to discuss the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin and the latest details of the club’s latest attempts to tie them down to long-term deals.
Shareholders are thought to be wary of avoiding similar departures like Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie who all left Arsenal in search of silverware and further success.
The three current Gunners stars have been vital in Arsenal’s early Premier League success so far this season and have notched up 38 appearances between them in 2016-17.
Bellerin, who is one of the most impressive full-backs in the league and the 21 year-old has made the right-back position his own, signed a new deal last year but Arsenal want to tie him down beyond 2020.
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Ozil, who was signed for £42.5 million in September 2013 and is out of contract in 2018, is regarded as one of Arsenal’s most important stars and the playmaker has already notched up six goals in all competitions this season.
The German international has always faced criticism throughout his Arsenal career due to inconsistent performances but his status as a world class player has been fairly agreed upon.
Sanchez, alongside Theo Walcott, has been one of Arsenal’s most prolific goalscorers this season, netting four league goals in his side’s opening nine fixtures. Like Ozil, his current deal expires in 2018.
As well as discussing contracts, Wenger will be expected to address the reintroduction of safe-standing, discuss salary details of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, demonstrate progress on the club’s commercial deals and tackle empty seats by season-ticket holders on match days.
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