Arsene Wenger believes having players nearing the end of their contracts works in the favour of the club.
Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s deals are up next summer and Arsenal will lose the pair for free should they refuse to extend their stay.
Jack Wilshere is also out of contract at the end of the season, though talks between his representatives and the club are set to take place before the year’s out.
The club are at an impasse with both Ozil and Sanchez, but the duo have started to shine in recent weeks. And Wenger claims players are hungrier when their current contracts are running low.
‘When you pick a team you do not necessarily look how long a contract is,’ said the Frenchman (via Metro Sport). ‘The shorter the contract is, the more hungry the players are usually. The hunger index drops with the length of the contract.’
Theo Walcott has been used sparingly by Wenger this term is now being linked with several moves away from the club.
But the Arsenal boss played down suggestions the seasoned Gunner will quit the club in the January transfer window.
‘I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club,’ he added.
‘If you can combine the two it is even better but first is what is important for the club.’