Cape Town - Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger believes it is vital for the club to hold on to
their British players, especially Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Gunners have four British players who have contracts set to come
to an end at the end of next season, with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack
Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey all nearing their 2018
Contract talks have not yet begun with the group, but Wenger insists it's important for them to stay at the club.
"We have to keep them all," he said ahead of Monday's game at Crystal Palace, according to ESPN FC.
"We still have a group of young English players. We have Ramsey, we
have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Gibbs. All these players, we have to
make decisions and manage to keep them together."
"I personally think it's vital that Oxlade-Chamberlain stays at
Arsenal. We have bought him when he was very young, and we have built
him up," Wenger added.
"I like his mentality, and he has a good football brain. I think it would be a big damage for us to lose this kind of player."