Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has confirmed the club will look to sell any player entering the final two years of his contract should he not wish to renew.
That will have implications for the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, who both see their deals expire in 2021.
“When we are selling players we need to maximise the funds we get to reinvest in the team,” Venkatesham told the club’s website. “We need to be really disciplined when we are dealing with senior players who are not towards the end of their careers.
“So that means we have to start making the difficult decisions when they have two years left on the contracts. We’re either going to renew those contracts or we’re going to be selling them.
“We’re going to have to be brave in those decisions because we can’t be in a situation where we’re allowing players to walk out of the door for free unless they are coming towards the end of their careers.”