Arsenal: 5 Gunners that must sign new contracts before 2018

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The 2018 summer transfer window is nearly a year away. There are 12 Arsenal players who see their contracts expire that year. What five do we keep?

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We all know the importance of resigning essential players to our team as their contracts start expiring. The 2018 summer transfer window sees 12 Arsenal players run of their current contracts.

Those 12 players being: Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs, Santi Cazorla, Wojciech Szczesny, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and finally, Carl Jenkinson.

Unless Arsenal want to lose out on money and see these players potentially leave for free, they need to resign the players most essential for success. I composed my list of the top 5 players that Arsenal need to resign.

Let’s start at No.5:

5. Santi Cazorla

I’ll start with Santi Cazorla and let’s dig deep into why. First, we know that Cazorla (when back to 100%), will start off rusty due to his long-term absence. With that being said, it’s not like Arsenal have to give him a 4-5 year deal.

Instead, we offer either a 1-2 year deal and see how he can transition into playing like he used to. A 1-2 year deal is a low risk, high reward type deal with Cazorla (not to forget that he is 32-years-old). We all know the impact Cazorla makes when he is on the pitch as compared to him being off.

Before his disappointing injury earlier this season, Cazorla had 2 goals and 3 assists (both BPL and UCL) in just 10 appearances. Cazorla’s injury came before the rapid downfall that happened to Arsenal.

It poses the question, “would Arsenal be in the title race if Cazorla never went down?” Although nobody can answer that, it definitely is a question to think about. Cazorla has a huge impact in this midfield and a 1-2 year new contract surely shouldn’t hurt, right?

Moving to No.4

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