Wenger expects further Arsenal departures

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is worried more players will leave the club, with The Gunners unable to offer big money contracts like many of their rivals.

Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy were three big name departures from the Emirates Stadium this summer.

And fears are rife that the likes of Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Theo Walcott, all in the final 18 months of their contracts at Arsenal could go a similar way in the near future.

Wenger said: "The process on new contracts starts now. We will try to re-sign them all, but we tried before," The Frenchman said.

"The gap on that front has become bigger for us, so I cannot today say that if we go to the maximum we are sure to sign a player. Even if we do that we are not sure.

"We try to convince the players. Our desire is there to do it and we are ready to sit down with them, which is what we will do, but after we see where we go.

"Cesc is a bargain for Barcelona. With Nasri, at least we got a reasonable price for a player with one year to go.

"With Cesc, we were forced into a situation because he is one of the best midfielders in the world. We knew we would sell for less than he is worth."

Nasri’s refusal to sign a new deal after entering the final 12 months of his contract at Arsenal, left City free to offer a six-figure contract to the French midfielder.

And it’s spending power like City’s, that Arsenal’s manger feels could see more of the club’s star turns leave for pastures new.

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