Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are both approaching the final year of their current contracts and Wenger is hoping that they both will extend their contracts this summer to avoid what happened in Flamini’s case.
Mathieu Flamini left on a free transfer, three years back, after letting his contract to run down, a mistake Wenger is hoping to avoid with both Clichy and Nasri.
Arsene Wenger is aware of the importance of both the players and his priority will be to secure their services or else, I fear, they will be sold to the highest bidder. Both of them have already been linked with a few clubs.
Samir Nasri has been a vital player for Arsenal this season despite fading away in the latter stages of the season. It will be a hard time in finding a replacement for the Frenchman, if he doesn’t sign the contract.
The immediate danger, however, will be of losing Clichy as there is no one at the club to fill his place with Gibbs far from being the finished product. A replacement for him will be more than necessary if he doesn’t sign the contract.
Arsene Wenger said this to the official Arsenal website:
“We will sort that situation out quickly after the end of the season. We need to know very quickly. We do not want to do that [allow them to leave on a free like Flamini]. We won’t allow that to happen. It has to be resolved before the season starts again.”
Personally, I want them both to stay. If not, then they better decide it early so that we may have ample time to replace them. We suffered a lot by letting Flamini go and to be honest we haven’t yet replaced him.