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Arsenal take ‘longer-term view’ of contracts for key players to avoid problems of the past

Rsenal’s director of football operations revealed that work is already underway to tie up players whose contracts expire in 2023.

The north London club have suffered in the past with stars cutting their offers and leaving for free or getting huge extensions due at the last minute, due to the club’s desperation to keep them.

A decision has yet to be made on Alexandre Lacazette, who is at the end of his contract this summer.

But Richard Garlick, who joined the club in May and plays an important role in recruiting players, hopes Arsenal’s long-term planning will be more useful to them now.

“We’re obviously in between transfer windows at the moment, but one ongoing area is contract renewals, and we’re still anticipating players who might come to the end of their contract,” Garlick said on the official website. club.

“Both in the near future, but also in 18 months or two years later.

“We put a plan in place and then we start to execute it. This is happening now for next summer, and the one after.

“It’s a longer term vision. We have a strategy for each player depending on their situation.

Garlick was involved in the club’s summer transfer window, which saw Arsenal sign six players who were all 23 or younger when they joined.

“The first team plan was very well executed, I would say 90 to 95 percent of what we wanted to do was done,” Garlick said.

“It was a tough market, but we had a plan and we stuck to it. We have a lot of good people behind the scenes at the club.

“They are very diligent, very professional, very hardworking, so everything went well in the end.”


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