Sunday, 5 December 2010

Are Arshavin and Nasri playing for new contracts or moves away?

A though struck me as I was coming home from the ground last night. Both Samir Narsi and Andrey Arshavin's contract expire at the end of next season.

There has been talk of discussions going on with their respective representatives and the club but yet no sign of either of their new deals being announced.

Are they both performing at such a high level to win a new lucrative contract with Arsenal or are their displays aimed at finding themselves new clubs?

The Guardian reported back in October that Nasri was to be offered a three year extension on his present contract.

Whilst The Sun linked Arshavin with an additional year on his contract just days later.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has made it a priority to tie important players down with long term deals so not to lose them on Bosman frees when their contracts come to an end.

The process of topping up players contracts has generally taken place in the winter months and this time round Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere have in the past month put pen to paper to continue their careers with Arsenal.

The manager has also stated how important it has been to renegotiate player's contracts.

He said:
"If you want to keep a player, to protect the value of a player, you have to extend the contract. 
"If you extend the contract, I have never seen it for less [money] and I have been in the job a long time. It is always for more."
But still Arshavin and Nasri, arguably our two most influential players this season are yet to agree new terms with the club.

Their performances this season will attract interest from other clubs. But I'm not worried about their commitment.

I'm sure the club will have the situation in hand and the announcements of new deals will take place this side of Christmas but since news leaked of the early discussions between the respective parties, the fact nothing has been agreed is slightly worrying.

I know our schedule has been hectic. In the last eight weeks we've had games every three or four days. But you would hope Gazidis has been working behind the scenes with the player's respective agents to put the deals together.

Neither Arshavin or Nasri has indicated they want a move away from the Grove, so I hope putting the new deals together will be a simple process.

I'm sure the club have learnt lessons from the situation it got itself in with Mathieu Flamini and Philippe Senderos where both were able to leave the club without us taking a transfer fee.

I for one hope the announcements on agreeing new deals with both players happen sooner rather than later.

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