Arsene Wenger working on new Arsenal deals for Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey

Contract sagas have become the norm at Arsenal over recent years but Arsene Wenger is confident Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey will stay.

football Updated: Feb 09, 2018 15:13 IST
By Dom Farrell
By Dom Farrell
Omnisport
Arsene Wenger,Jack Wilshere,Aaron Ramsey
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal will be able to ink new deals for Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey after locking down a contract for Mesut Ozil. (Twitter )

Arsene Wenger is confident midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey can be tied down to new deals at Arsenal.

Much of the uncertainty regarding contracts at the Emirates Stadium over the past year has finally been resolved, with Alexis Sanchez sold to Manchester United and Mesut Ozil committing his long-term future to the Gunners.

(Read | Mesut Ozil commits long-term future to Arsenal)

The saga of those two high-earning stars, who were out of contract at the end of this season, followed the club’s contentious decision to award Wenger a two-year extension at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Wilshere is into the final six months of his Arsenal deal but has enjoyed an impressive resurgence of late, having spent last term on loan at Bournemouth following an injury-ravaged spell.

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The Daily Telegraph reports the England international is close to accepting terms lower in basic salary than his current contract but with the potential to be worth more depending on appearance-related incentives.

“We try to make progress and I told you that many times for [Mesut] Ozil,” said Wenger.

“I’m positive because I want him to stay. I do the maximum I can to make him happy.”

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Wales international Ramsey scored his first career hat-trick in last weekend’s 5-1 thumping of Everton.

His present deal lasts until June 2019 and, despite the recent experiences of key players running their contracts down, Wenger is relaxed over the 27-year-old’s future.

“He is a little bit different because there is less time-constraint than with Jack,” he added.

“With Jack it is now. With Aaron, do we lose two weeks or three weeks? It doesn’t matter much. I want him to stay as well.”

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 15:13 IST