June 14, 2024

Mikel Arteta pledges to change Arsenal contract policy

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Mikel Arteta has pledged to change Arsenal contract policy as Sead Kolasinac joins mass exodus of players from the club.

The Arsenal manager admitted that the club mutually terminating players’ contracts is not ideal or sustainable.

However, Arteta hopes the squad he is building will look “completely different” in the future.

Sead Kolasinac’s contract with Arsenal was amicably canceled this week, six months before it was set to expire in the summer.

Since then, the left-back has opted to join Marseille and has signed an 18-month deal with the French club.

Since Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, Kolasinac has become the fifth player to depart Arsenal by mutually canceling his contract.

When questioned if it was an ideal or sustainable strategy, Arteta responded, “It’s not an ideal or sustainable approach.”

“It’s 100 percent. We don’t want our players to be able to terminate their contracts in the last year of their deal if they aren’t playing. 100% of the time.

“And hopefully, what we’re trying to develop, and the squad we’re trying to assemble, will look completely different.”

“The contract scenario we had with some of the players was placing the club in a pretty tough position, because the longer we leave them with months to finish their terms, especially with players who weren’t playing a lot of minutes, obviously the situation isn’t ideal.”

“Then it becomes in the best interests of the player and the club to finish it as soon as possible so that everyone may finish their responsibility as soon as feasible.”

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