Arsene Wenger must be fairly confident that he will have no problem holding on to his best Arsenal players this summer. Despite being stung in the past, he seems to be secure in the belief that the Arsenal board will not be tempted to accept a good offer for one of the stars at the Emirates.
Even so, I am not sure it is such a good idea to remind potential suitors just how good Santi Cazorla has been for the Gunners this season.
There have been many rumours that Arsenal's Arsene Wenger is the next manager to be lined up by the new French moneybags team Paris St. Germain, but he has thoroughly denied the possibility, and likens not honouring his contract to acting like a thief!
Since Bacary Sagna's statement last week that he is open to PSG, Monaco or any other offer this summer has made it clear that he has not entered into talks with Arsenal over a contract extension, which seems to point to the fact that he will definitely be leaving at the end of the season.
So, as Arsenal are likely to be in the market for a talented right-back, the Mail reports that the Gunners scouts have been looking around for his replacement, and the two top targets are said to be the Polish international Lukasz Piszczek, who is currently playing for Dortmund, and the Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat, who has recently become a regular in the Dutch national team.
Now this is a very interesting conundrum for Arsene Wenger as he ponders who to put in the Arsenal goal for next Tuesday's game against Wigan. Wojciech Szczesny was dropped for the Champions League game away at Bayern Munich after some inconsistent performances and was swiftly replaced by Lukasz Fabianski who went on to perform well in five wins in a row (conceding just three goals) before being cruelly injured against Norwich.
There have been many rumours linking the Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna with a return to France this summer with the new money-bags club, Paris Saint Germain. Only last week it was reported that Arsene Wenger had persuaded the 30 year-old to stay on at the Emirates, but it seems that that is not yet true as Sagna has now revealed that he doesn't know where he will be next season.
Following what many would consider to be just one more in a long line of poor performances this season, Bacary Sagna's days at Arsenal seem to be numbered. Fans have grown impatient with his erratic displays this season, and his howler against Man Utd seems to be the nail in the coffin for many Gooners.
I am not sure that Arsene Wenger fully understands how mush the sale of Robin van Persie from Arsenal to Manchester United got under the skin of the fans. The Frenchman was left with two horrible choices when the Dutch striker refused a very good new contract offer in the summer, and the fee offered by United for a player with just a year left on his current deal seemed good at the time.
There was a lot of concern and speculation earlier this season about Theo Walcott and his future at Arsenal. The club and player finally agreed terms and put pen to paper on a new contract in January, and the 23-year old insists that one of the reasons he wanted to stay at the club was because he sees a bright future here.
Arsene Wenger will have one more year left on his contract with Arsenal at the end of this season, and he has never walked out on a contract before. The Frenchman has had probably his toughest season yet in charge of the Gunners, so the reports that the mega rich leaders of the French league, Paris Saint-Germain, were planning to tempt him to take over from Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, had people thinking it might just happen.
How Ramsey will be integral for Arsenal in years to come by KJ
Aaron Ramsey has always caused controversy amongst the Gunners fans. Some say he's finished and needs to be sold as soon as possible, others feel he needs to be given a chance as he's only young and the final faction think that he's talented and has handled his first two proper seasons after his injury very well.
Today The Mirror published an exclusive article on how Manchester City are weighing up a bid for Arsenal sweetheart, Carl Jenkinson. It sent the Gunnersphere into outrage at the possibility of selling one of our better prospects from our collection of young players.
Arsene Wenger has denied reports that the Arsenal board have offered him a two year extension to his current contract at the club, and suggested that whoever began the false rumour is trying to damage the Gunners. It was the Sun that ran the story, which Wenger was asked about in today's press conference ahead of the Champions league tie against Bayern Munich.
The seemingly never-ending saga of Theo Walcott's contract extension would appear to have been a major factor in Arsenal's inconsistent form in the first half of the season, but now that it has been settled in January the Gunners have shown a new resilience and confidence as a team.
Arsenal have now won four of their last five games, with the other being the hard-fought 2-2 draw against Liverpool, and they are closing in on the coveted Top Four place.
Now the transfer window may have only just closed but transfer news and rumours continue to happen throughout the year. Today the Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal have begun to lookout for a right back as they look to replace Bacary Sagna.
Arsenal have learned from previous situations with Robin van Persie and others and have worked hard to ensure that no players are allowed to enter the final years of their contracts. Now that the deal with Theo Walcott is complete, Bacary Sagna is the player next on the list for a renewal. The French right back has declined to agree to a new deal so far, however, and could be sold in the summer.
Arsenal yesterday announced that Theo Walcott has agreed a new contract with the club. The contract is understood to be 3 and a half year deal on £95,000 a week with various signing on bonuses that will make him the clubs highest played player.
With our core of British players that Wenger is building 'this years team of the future' around all committed to the club on long term contracts, including young Carl Jenkinson, does Bacary Sanga feature in Wenger's plans with his contract due to run out at the end of the season.
Arsenal Football club have announced an end to the longest running contract saga in ages. The Walcott has signed a new contract with the Gunners that is described as long term. There are no specific details about the terms of the contract on Arsenal's official website, but it is believed to be for another three and a half years.
Is Walcott waiting on the transfer window before committing? By Twig
The Walcott contract saga has undergone many phases with words such as "frustrated", "scared", "cautious", "urgency", "optimistic" and "99 percent certain" being used to describe the impasse on numerous occasions.
Arsenal and Theo Walcott have finally come to an agreement over the flying 23-year old's new contract. It is either signed already or will be tomorrow, so the Gunners can now focus on bringing some new quality players to the club. Arsene Wenger would not have said the deal was almost done unless he was convinced, so Arsenal can finally put the long running saga behind them and look to the future.
There have been reports this week the Arsenal are looking to add the all action 25-year old midfielder Mohamed Diame to the Gunners squad this January, but his manager at West Ham thinks he should turn down the move. Sam Allardyce declared that Diame would not get a game at Arsenal so there would be no point in joining, which made me wonder why he was even bothering to say that if, as he claims, West Ham have had no contact with Arsene Wenger or his staff.
Arsene Wenger has money to spend on the Arsenal squad, apparently, and he and his staff are working hard to identify and secure the right players for Arsenal. The boss will not discuss just what sort of players or positions he is thinking of, because he keeps his transfer dealings a secret as possible, but it does not look as if he will finalise any transfer until the Theo Walcott contract situation is settled.
After Arsene Wenger declared that the club are ready to spend some serious money in the January transfer window, some clubs will be dreading the phone ringing as they may be about to lose one of their best players to the Gunners. One of these clubs is Celtic, the Scottish champions, and the manager Neil Lennon is going to try to persuade his Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama to sign a new contract with the club in order to keep clubs like Arsenal at bay.
The contract saga with Theo Walcott seems to have gone on for ever, but right now Arsene Wenger is even more certain that the England winger will finally put pen to paper before the end of the month, but the Arsenal manager insists that there is no way that he would ever promise to make Walcott his first-choice centre-forward to clinch the deal.
Today it's being reported that Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazids and Theo Walcott, as well as his representatives will sit down to have one final talk about the terms of the contract Arsenal are offering him. The club is ready to make Walcott among the highest paid players at the club with a big money contract, which could be boosted further by add-ons implemented over the years.
Happy New Year, Theo. The Arsenal board have stopped messing about and will give the England international around £90,000 a week on a five year deal which the 23-year old could sign as early as this week. Walcott has proved his worth as a central striker to a sufficient extent to convince Arsene Wenger that he must remain a Gunner, and he will get a signing on bonus of around £3 million according to the Daily Mail.
Arsenal have been looking for a dynamic midfielder, and they have been alerted to the availability of Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan. The 28-year old captain of Holland has fallen out with his bosses at the Serie A club, who want him to take a pay cut on his current contract which lasts until 2015.
Representatives of the 23-year old England international, Theo Walcott, will meet with officials from Arsenal today in an attempt to finally agree terms over a new long term contract for the winger who is becoming a striker. It is believed that Arsenal have acceded to his requirements, or at least compromised on their stance enough to persuade the speedy star to sign a new deal.
There is a lot of mutual appreciation going on at the Emirates between Arsenal and Theo Walcott at the minute, and the contract negotiations between club and player are finally heading towards a successful resolution. The deal will be done in the next two weeks, because Arsenal want the situation resolved before the end of the January transfer window.
Arsene Wenger saw his contract rebel Theo Walcott score another excellent hat-trick yesterday to see off Newcastle, so it was little surprise that the onlooking media made him the chief subject of the post-match conference.
The Arsenal manager said: "He has done very well and it just typifies what I think he can do.
It is now looking more and more likely that Theo Walcott will be leaving Arsenal as the Gunners manager has made an announcement that he has persuaded FIVE you British players to sign new long term contract extensions at the Emirates, but Theo Walcott was definitely not one of them.
Wenger said: "We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts.
Both Arsene Wenger and Theo Walcott were cagey when asked about the contract situation following the Arsenal demolition of Reading last night, but there were some very positive signs that things are moving to a conclusion. It seems as if the Christams deadline that was talked about will not be reached.
Most Arsenal fans and football pundits would agree that the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could do with strengthening his squad in a number of areas, but the right back position would come pretty far down on the list. So, if the reports linking Arsenal with a transfer window move for the Brazilian right back Dani Alves from Barcelona are true, it may indicate that Arsenal are preparing to lose their current first choice right back Bacary Sagna.
With the calendar year coming to a close, so does Theo Walcott's contract as the Englishman is set to come out of Christmas with just 6 months remaining on his Arsenal contract.
The winger who wants to turn into a striker is still reportedly holding out for around £90,000 a week, putting him on par with fellow regular England internationals and top players at regular big clubs across Europe.
Liverpool football Club has confirmed that full back Andre Wisdom agreed a new long term deal with Reds, joining the likes of other youngsters Suso and Raheem Sterling who had committed their futures to Anfield earlier this season.
It was an easy decision to make as soon as they offered it to me, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands because it's a great club and I just want to continue to play for Liverpool.
Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that teenage sensation, Raheem Sterling is set to sign a new contract with Liverpool Football Club in the next 24 hours.
According to reports, Sterling who turned 18 earlier this month has agreed on a five year deal with the club. The 18 year old currently earns in the region of £2,000-per-week, but the new deal is believed to earn him a staggering £40,000 a week.
Due to Arsenal's (many) disastrous performances this season, many fans have called into question whether he is still the right man to lead Arsenal Football Club at this moment in time, and think that if Arsenal don't even manage to snatch Fourth Place this season then the (once) great man should stand down in the summer.