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Arsenal are apparently set to open talks with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey over new contracts.
The duo have under two years left on their existing deals and the Guardian report that Arsenal are set to open talks in order to tie them down for longer following Arsene Wenger’s pre-West Brom comments.
“It is something we want to address,” Wenger said. “Both of them are in a good moment for us. But with the level of transfers and the amounts that players expect on their contracts, you will have more and more players going into the final year of their contracts. You will be in a position where you either extend for money you cannot afford or you go into the final year of their contract.
“This season, there were 107 players in the Premier League who got into the final year of their contract and you will see that more. The clubs want too much money for normal players.
“They say that if one player is worth £200m [like Neymar], then this player is worth £50m. But everybody knows for that player £50m is too much and they cannot afford it. So what happens? The club cannot sell and doesn’t extend the contract, so more and more players are going into the final year of their contract.”
The duo are just two of nine Gunners whose contracts expire in 2019. The other seven are Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Petr Cech, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy and Chuba Akpom.