Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he expects three of the current first-team squad to extend their stays at the Emirates before the end of the season.
Wenger first revealed that he expected injury-plagued winger Theo Walcott to end much of the speculation linking him with a possible move to Premier League rivals Liverpool – possibly in a potential swap deal with Raheem Sterling – by signing a new deal in the coming weeks. The England international’s current contract expires at the end of next season, meaning he would soon be able to talk to other clubs.
“Yes I am confident [Walcott will sign] because I believe that Theo has a great future,” the Arsenal boss began, reported by The Independent
But in a further boost, the report claims that the midfield pair of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky would also be at the club next season. Club captain Arteta has been missing since November after sustaining an ankle injury, which had led many to believe that the 33-year-old had already played his final game for us. Meanwhile, despite being a year older, Rosicky has enjoyed a good campaign for us, and has proved a handy option coming off the bench.
“I think yes. That’ll be sorted out at the end of May,” Wenger responded when asked about the elder pair, Goal reported.