Former England international Peter Crouch has criticised Arsenal chiefs for allowing Bukayo Saka’s contract to run down as the youngster is linked with a move away.
Arsenal are still trying to tie down Saka to a new deal but have not succeeded thus far.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal’s leading goalscorer, is also about to enter the final year of his deal.
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Aaron Ramsey left the Emirates last summer and joined Serie A giants Juventus on a free.
Arsenal are now trying to protect against similar scenarios happening and will look to offload players who have 12 months remaining on their contracts.
But Crouch has questioned why they have allowed the situation to reach this stage while having “players who don’t want to be there” on lucrative deals.
“I would be concerned (his contract),” Crouch said on BT Sport. “It’s happened time and time again at Arsenal – I don’t know who is in charge of contracts at Arsenal but he needs to be sorted.
“They are giving big, big contracts to players who don’t want to be there and haven’t sorted someone out with immense potential like Saka.
“There are some players that lack desire at Arsenal and he is shining light. They should be tying down these young stars.”
On Saturday Saka had an assist in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex.
It was his 11th assist in all competitions for the Gunners this season, more than any other player in the team.
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