Are Arsenal's Priorities a Problem?

Ryan KusyContributor IIJuly 8, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Arsenal fans show support for their manager Arsene Wenger before the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on May 24, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Arsenal recently have come out saying that their main priority has been to re-sign current players to lengthy contract extensions rather than signing new players.

This close-season Arsenal have re-signed Robin van Persie, Lukasz Fabianski, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis stated, "Re-signing a current member of the squad is more important than making a new signing."

Arsenal do need to extend the contract of many of their important squad members, but every player we have re-signed this off season has had at least a year and a half left on their contract, if not more.

I know that is only a short time in the whole picture, but I feel right during these few months is the time where Arsenal should be looking to bolster their squad through the transfer market and after those additions are taken care of, then re-signing players should be taken care of.

Arsenal have most likely missed out on the signing of Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo, who reports have, it is off to Juventus.

There are two sides to this policy, of course, but I feel we need to sign new players, before extending those who still have a year or more left on there contract when there is still time to re-sign them. There is only a limited time Arsenal have to sign these new players, and they should be making the most of it.

What are your thoughts?