Arsenal are continuing to delay over offering Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs new deals at the Emirates Stadium.
The trio have just six months remaining on their existing deals and will be entitled to free transfers at the end of the season; they could even leave this month, but for under their market value.
But according to the London Evening Standard, Arsenal are still to open negotiations with the players, despite boss Arsene Wenger admitting he wanted to keep Jack Wilshere and made a mistake by letting him join Bournemouth on loan without a recall option.
Wilshere is on a season-long loan at Bournemouth and said in October: “I genuinely don’t know if I am going to end up at Arsenal or somewhere else. If you’d asked me two months ago if I was going to finish my career at Arsenal then I would have said, ‘Yeah, of course’.
“Two months ago I wouldn’t have seen myself being here, but here I am. And I’m enjoying it.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been restricted to eight Premier League starts this season and he said in October: “I’d by lying if I wasn’t going to sit here and say that it has crossed my mind that I need more game time.”
Gibbs has started just two Premier League games this season, though he has been a first-team regular in cup competitions.