Arsene Wenger has revealed his willingness to hold talks with midfield duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky and insists that he wants the pair to stay at the club. The two players have seen their playing time limited this season due to a combination of injuries and strong competition for places.
Is this a noble move by Wenger considering the two have been sidelined due to the colossal competition from young and energetic lads in the mold of Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Ramsey, Santi Carzola to mention just but a few?
The Gunners boss was speaking prior to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading on Saturday and was asked about the duo whose contracts expire in May.
He said: ‘I think yes, they will be here next year. We will sort that out at the end of May’
Rosicky, in particular, has been linked with a move away.
Last month he said,
‘Since the start of the year things have improved, the team has started to play better football and what’s more I’m playing.Compared to the first six months, it’s much better. We’ll see how it goes from here.
‘I don’t really know [why I didn’t play]. It’s a good question, I would also like to know.
‘The coach gave me a chance towards the end the year and then began to give me more playing time. I don’t know, maybe it was a watershed moment.’
Both players have seen their playing time limited this season due to a combination of injuries and strong competition for places.
Is this a good idea for the veteran coach to keep the two ageing midfielders? Want to hear comments from you arsenal supporters…