Walcott and Ramsey set for contract talks
Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger is confident that Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott’s future at the club will not end up like the situation between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling, in terms of contract talks.
Sterling’s future at Anfield is doubtful, especially after his agent, Aidy Ward, claimed that his client wouldn’t sign a new deal with the Reds even if he was offered £900,000-per-week.
Walcott’s contract expires in the summer of 2016, but talks over a contract extension have rarely taken place.
Ramsey, is appeared to be a top target for FC Barcelona, with the La Liga champions lining up a £50million bid for the Wales international as Barca manager, Luis Enrique, is demanding a ‘world class’ replacement for Xavi, who is leaving the Nou Camp to join Qatar side, Al Sadd.
However, the Gunners boss is positive that Walcott’s future will be sorted out before the new season starts although he is yet to place a date for when contract talks with the England international will take place.
Wenger Discusses Walcott
Wenger said: “There might be [a date to talk].
“I do not see the need to inform you about the hour and the day when we will be meeting his representative.” he added.
The Frenchman has ruled out Ramsey moving to Barcelona and claimed the speculation as ‘nothing serious’, but he knows that talks with players over their futures must be kept quiet unlike that of Sterling.
Wenger on Contract Talks
He said: “I don’t want to single out people but discretion is the best way to deal with things because once it goes public it is very difficult to master and you have so many opinions.
“I can understand the media is interested in that but for us it always adds difficulties once it’s public.
“I’m not sure that it is the player who causes the problem.
“Most of the time it’s not the player who causes the problems. They come as a package, that’s true, but the problems do not always come from the player. Sometimes they come from the package.
“The agents are linked with the media many times and then their interest is to put the story public, and they do it.
“Even for the player, the best deals we have done have been when it is quiet, calm and secret.” the 65-year-old said.
Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates on Sunday in their last Premier League game of the campaign.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)