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One for now and the future

Over the last 2 seasons, Arsene Wenger together with Ivan Gazidis has set about tying up the future of existing Arsenal players. Many including Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas, Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky has inked their signature on extending their contract at Arsenal Football Club. Success on the field can only be matched by progression of the team that we have.

Since rebuilding his team after our last trophy triumph in 2005 and largely being handicapped by our move to Emirates Stadium, Wenger’s team has understandably gone with youth. A lot of players were brought up through the various ranks of youth and reserves at Arsenal. Most of these players joined at a very young age of 16 and progress through the many levels.

It makes no sense to groom these players only to let them leave when they’ve matured both mentally and football-wise. Arsenal are a big and sound enough financially to increase the wages of these players and ensure that their best years are served in the colours of red and white. Without wanting to sound coy, these players also owe it to the manager to repay the faith shown to them during the early years of their playing careers.

Today it was announced that we are looking at presenting new deals for Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy. Even though they still have 2 years to run in their contract, the new rules that allows players to buy-out their existing contracts and move to another club must have preyed on the minds of the manager in offering new contracts to them. It is not an ideal way of doing business but we can only play by the rules.

As we’ve previously seen with the loss of Matthieu Flamini to AC Milan, it is better to get the business side sorted well and early. Letting it go to the last season of the contract can turn the heads of players. Not least because the players then have the power of negotiation and can be tied to another team who can offer a large signing fee.

I’m in the opinion that a team that have a special bonds between players is an important ingredients in making a successful team. We’ve seen how Alex Ferguson did it with Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. These players basically grew up together and has so much understanding that it is easily transpired to their performance on the pitch.

Wenger has the opportunity now, not only to secure them for his own use but also for the future of the club when he finally decides to up his roots and leave his current capacity. Arsenal do have a lot of youngsters in the team. Not necessarily inexperienced but still very young in terms of age. At only 20 or 21 years of age, they still have a lot to offer to the Arsenal cause even though they may already have 4 or 5 seasons with the first team.

The Carling Cup game against Newcastle showed just how big the Arsenal squad is. It is almost as if we have a second team. One which would not do too shabbily against players who are considered first choice for the club. Strength in depth is just as important a criteria to win the league. The same opponent will visit the Grove tomorrow but this time will probably come up a much stronger Arsenal than the one they face in the cup competition.

Match preview tomorrow. Till then, have a nice day.

One for now and the future

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