According to an exclusive from Goal's Chris Wheatley, the Gunners are hoping to secure them for the long term with improved terms.
An extended deal will be particularly useful in Bellerin's case, as Barca are expected to renew their interest in him next summer, while City are said to have made enquiries into signing him this year and "believe the combination of [manager] Pep Guardiola and former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta could play a huge part in eventually bringing him" to the club.
The Spaniard has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe over the last two seasons, and Football Espana's Yousef Teclab believes he'd benefit from remaining at the Emirates Stadium:
Yousef Teclab @yousef738
@FutbolSergi He shouldn't leave. Developing at Arsenal (only 21) so has time to iron out faults. Plus he's a immense fan favourite.2016-9-19 20:19:42
Bellerin possesses great pace and uses it well to beat players regularly, per WhoScored.com:
Héctor Bellerín: Only Filipe Luis (71) completed more dribbles of all defenders in Europe's top 5 leagues than Bellerín last season (63)2016-7-18 14:42:02
The 21-year-old could do with improving his final ball, though, as according to Squawka, he has created just seven chances so far this season and made only 22 in the entirety of the last campaign.
Bellerin's defending is steadily getting better, and he's only set to improve as a player in the coming years. Arsenal have a real star on their hands, so getting him to sign a new deal is vital.
As for Iwobi, he may not have caught the eye of Barcelona yet, but he's impressing in his own right, per Squawka Football:
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Alex Iwobi's Premier League season by numbers: 5 games 7 chances created 3 shots 3 assists Killing it. @AlexCullen17 #AskSquawka https://t.co/w21mQ6Juh42016-10-7 15:07:07
Tying him down will also be a wise move—if he continues playing as he is, he'll start attracting attention from other clubs, too.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Arsenal were not the only ones to miss out on Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in the summer—Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur also competed for his signature.
According to James Gray of the Express, the Gunners pursued him throughout the summer but failed to land him.
Icardi's wife and agent, Wanda Nara, told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato, via Gray) of the other clubs interested in him: "[Inter sporting director] Piero Ausilio had asked me to take any offers from clubs to him, so I went with those of PSG, Napoli and Juventus. There was Tottenham too but they went directly to Piero."
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Mauro Icardi has scored 58 goals in 114 games for Inter in all competitions. 💪 #UEL https://t.co/gWwY4hoYpX2016-10-7 14:37:38
Icardi is perhaps the most clinical striker in Serie A, hampered only by a lack of creativity in Inter's team that prevents him from reaching goal tallies to rival Europe's other top centre-forwards. At a club like Arsenal, he would thrive off the ammunition he'd receive from his team-mates.
Despite the new deal and his desire to remain at the San Siro for the duration of his career, he admitted there is still the possibility of him leaving, per Sky Sports (h/t EFE, via Sport): "I can't promise that I will stay for life at Inter, in football you never know."
Arsenal would be wise to target him again if he does leave, but it seems they'll face great competition for his signature.
Whomever does land him in that instance will have pulled off a significant coup and added a real cutting edge to their side.