Report: Arsenal risk losing first-team trio, senior man key to outcome
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal could lose trio Jack Wilshere, Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs in the summer, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the three English players are yet to open talks over a new contact, despite each of them having less than 18 months remaining on their contract.
It is understood that their futures could be decided on whether manager Arsene Wenger extends his stay beyond this season, with the Frenchman expressing his desire to keep the trio in the past.
The report details that the Gunners are risking an English exodus in the summer transfer window as clubs could swoop for their stars with just 12 months left on a deal.
The Evening Standard report that midfielder Wilshere, who is on loan at Bournemouth, would prefer to stay at Arsenal may be forced to look elsewhere.
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It also claimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is not certain whether his future will be at the Emirates and Gibbs is prepared to move away if he does not receive an imporved contract offer.
Wilshere was sent away to Premier League rivals Bournemouth in the summer for regular first-team football and is experiencing that under Eddie Howe.
The England international has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but is managing to enjoy a good run of games this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to force his way into the Arsenal starting XI on a regular basis and has enjoyed playing as a central midfielder in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Gibbs has found himself as the back-up left-back this season behind Nacho Monreal.
In other Arsenal transfer news, a Spanish club have emerged as frontrunners for 28-year-old attacker.