William Gallas has reportedly snubbed a two-year contract offered to him. He has not agreed to sign the new contract as there was no pay raise.
The Arsenal management had felt that Gallas would be satisfied with a two-year contract as they had made an exception to their usual policy of offering one-year contracts to players over 30.
Gallas, who had earlier expressed his desire for a two-year contract to stay at the Emirates, seems to suggest that he not only meant a two-year extension but also a wage increase.
The Frenchman, who has been one of the impressive players for Arsenal this season has disagreed to sign the contract as he is looking for a wage increment to nearly £100,000 weekly.
Arsenal manager Wenger has expressed his desire to keep the 32-year-old central defender at North London in numerous instances. William Gallas is also happy to stay at Arsenal. But if Arsenal and Gallas fails to agree on the new contract before the World Cup, Wenger may let go off the veteran defender and start looking for two new centre-backs to replace him.
Arsene Wenger is planning to make his signings before the World Cup because after the World Cup the value of players might get inflated and Wenger is not ready to pay such inflated prices. Hence, Arsenal and Gallas needs to make a decision before the World Cup. If Gallas does not budge from his stance of a pay rise along with the two-year contract it may well see the French centre-back make his way out of Emirates.
Roma, Paris St. Germain, and AC Milan have all expressed their desire to land the ex-Chelsea player in case he decides to leave Arsenal. His suitors are keeping tabs on the situation and will be looking to place a bid for the Gunner in case the contract talks ends inconclusively.
Wenger will have to bring in two new centre-backs as he will look to reinforce his ageing defense. Gallas' contract failures will be looked upon as a major blow to Wenger's plans. Gallas' departure will rob the Gunners' of his vast experience at the backline.
Talks of Arsenal being interested in Roma's defender Mexes and the highly-rated Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund are buzzing around the Emirates. So this summer may see some new stars arriving at Arsenal's back line if the Gallas impasse is not solved.