Sagna: Gone - Ramsey: New Deal?
While Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly be concentrating on orchestrating a concerted push for the Premier League title next season, he will also have to cast one eye toward future seasons.
This will mainly take place in two fashions.
The first place to start will be tying down the contracts of important players.
This season, Wenger allowed five senior players to run their contracts down according to Transfermarkt. Bacary Sagna, Kim Kallstrom, Nicklas Bendtner, Emiliano Viviano and FA Cup final hero Lukasz Fabianski will all leave the club over the coming weeks.
With the exception of French international, Sagna, none will be missed by Arsenal. To Wenger's credit, he did try to keep the 31-year-old, but chose not to match the £120,000 per week offer on the table from Manchester City, as per the Guardian.
Five more players will be out of contract in 2015: Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Thomas Vermaelen and Ryo Miyaichi. None of the five are essential to Arsenal's future success as individuals, but Flamini and Arteta do provide balance to a very attack-minded midfield. Should they and Diaby be allowed to leave, Wenger will have to replace the gaps left by their absence.
Flamini, who turns 31 in March 2015, is the man to keep. Wenger must offer the Frenchman a new contract before he leaves, once again, on a free transfer.
Beyond 2015, both Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla are out of contract in 2016 and Laurent Koscielny is out of contract in 2017.
To show Le Prof's succession planning in full, all one has to do is realise that Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Serge Gnabry are all out of contract in 2018.
There is not much future-proofing to be done this summer, but Wenger must tie down Flamini and Koscielny to fend off possible transfers. Then he must look at improving the current deal of Ramsey.
The young Welshman is on the verge of moving into world-class territory, and when the big teams come calling, he will find it hard to resist a move that would significantly improve his current deal of approximately £100,000 per week, per the Guardian.