Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to clear up the speculation surrounding the futures of midfield veterans Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky by insisting that both men should be offered deals in May.
Recent rumours have suggested that neither would be part of Wenger’s squad next season, with the Gunners tipped to fine tune their squad in a bid to launch a sustained assault on the Premier League title next term.
Wenger confident of keeping duo
However Wenger, according to quotes in the Daily Express, has revealed that he expects both Arteta and Rosicky to remain on the books heading into next season despite the fact that their contracts are up in the summer and no negotiations have started concerning renewals.
“I think yes, they will be here next year," Wenger said.
"We will sort that out at the end of May.”
From a neutral point of view it seems keeping at least one of the pair would be beneficial purely because of the experience that they possess. Wenger’s current crop are supremely talented in the creative department but history dictates that teams need more than just raw ability to compete for major honours; they also need people who can calm a dressing room and keep their head when things aren’t going to plan.
Keeping them both?
Rosicky, who is 35 later this year, spoke earlier this season over the struggles he was having with getting to grips with not being a regular starter for Arsenal, whilst it has been claimed in the past that Arteta will look to move to pastures new in a bid to ensure he has regular first-team opportunities. A move back to Real Sociedad certainly seems feasible for the latter, particularly since his former Everton manager, David Moyes, currently has command there.
Of course despite the obvious longevity of both men there may well be disappointed fans if they are kept on at the cost of a potential summer import. It could be argued that a fresher pair of legs would be more useful over the course of a season and a host of midfielders have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.
Indeed the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and even Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley have been touted for transfers to north London later this year, with the former a long-term target and the latter possibly available for free.
The former doesn’t occupy a position usually taken up by either Arteta or Rosicky but room will still have to be made to accommodate him if he is purchased, and only perhaps Abou Diaby stands closer to the exit door.
Arsenal fans, should both Rosicky and Arteta be retained this summer? Should one of them leave the club in search of pastures new? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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