The Arsenal board have finally had enough of losing some of their best players on free transfers or for lower valuations and have reportedly decided on a brand new policy going forward.
The new policy is that any player with two years left on their contract that refuses to sign an extension will be sold.
Losing Aaron Ramsey to Juventus on a free transfer, hot on the heels of Alexis Sanchez doing the same, albeit he was swapped for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, was the final nail in the coffin for how contracts had previously been handled, no more will they allow contracts to run down while negotiations take place.
There are of course some downsides to this new policy, players will be sold that may have ended up signing extensions but the feeling at the club is better that than losing a player on a free or a player using a contract soon to expire to demand a huge wage increase.
A case in point is Mesut Ozil, who ran his contract down before signing a new deal but even that has backfired with his huge wages forced upon the Gunners because of time constraints, which is now a financial albatross around their necks stopping them signing any new players.
This is a sensible move by Arsenal, for too long players have had the upper hand and used their contract situations to basically blackmail the club, those days now appear to be over with.
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