Perennial Premier League contenders Arsenal could be left with a massive player vacuum come the summer as they are yet to open contract negotiations with as much as three of their home-grown English players.
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As it stands, the Gunners have a total 21 foreign players in their team. This means only six in their 27-man squad this season is English. In contrast, minnows Bournemouth have 16 English players.
With home country talent dwindling in Arsenal’s ranks, one would think they would rush to renew the contracts of the English players whose deals are close to expiring. After all, they are a side representing England’s capital city of London – it is but imperative they maintain a core of English footballers.
And yet, according to the London Evening Standard, the 12-time FA Cup winners don’t seem to be too keen to keep hold of their local home-grown talent.
True enough, as much as three of the English players are at risk of leaving the Emirates Stadium in the summer, with their contracts set to expire in 18 months. Indeed it seems the players are more than likely to seek their football elsewhere if the free football betting tips from expert tipsters are anything to go by.
The three players who may well be on their way out of Arsenal are the following:
When Wilshere made the move from Bolton to Arsenal back in 2010, he was touted as the next great English midfielder, following the footsteps of the likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Paul Scholes.
However, injury after injury have kept him at bay and as a result he would fail to reach that potential he’s thought to have. As such, while Wilshere is currently on loan with the Cherries, his future at Arsenal beyond this season is far from certain.
Equipped with blistering pace on the run, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a phenomenal wing-back capable of barraging runs from deep, proving to be more than a handful for defenders in each game he plays. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much this season and is eager to make a move.
Premier League rivals Everton and Manchester City are thought to be keen on signing the Ox in the summer.
Like his compatriot Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Norwich left-back is believed to be close towards pulling off an Arsenal exit come the summer. Indeed, Gibbs has only made six League appearances this season and is not looking likely to add to that any time soon.