Arsenal is set to tie up five of its bright young talents with contract extensions, according to a report from The Guardian. Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson will add years onto their deals in order to stay at the Emirates.
Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain are the two most exciting prospects in the group, but all five players have played significant roles for the Gunners in their current campaign.
Gibbs and Jenkins have been Arsene Wenger’s most often-used outside backs, although the latter has been pushed to the bench following Bacary Sagna’s return from injury.
Ramsey has contributed as a versatile midfielder capable of playing in the center of the pitch or out wide.
Wilshere is one of the most exciting central midfield talents in the Premier League, but has struggled with injuries during his brief career. He is finally working his way back into being a fixture in the Gunners starting 11, but has yet to record a goal or an assist.
Oxlade-Chamberlain gained notoriety by making England’s Euro 2012 squad and being used frequently as a substitute. The teenager is a lethal winger who has two assists this season for Arsenal, where he also features mostly as a bench player.
Gibbs is the oldest player in the group at 23 years old, and all five are British.
While the news will certainly please Arsenal’s supporters, there is one young English star who is notably absent from the list of players signing extensions. As the BBC’s Phil McNulty notes, negotiations with Theo Walcott are still at an impasse.
Still, the Gunners have done well to lock up five of their best young players, and the team will certainly hope that Walcott follows the trend soon enough.