Alex Song refuses new contract after talks – Arsenal’s hidden agenda?

There are reports that Arsene Wenger opened contract talks with Arsenal last month as he only has two years left on his contract, but the Cameroonian was not happy with the opening offer from the Gunners and has decided to break off further negotiations.

Andrey Arshavin was also in talks over a pay rise and was duly rewarded with a new deal although there has been no reports about the deal being extended because of his advancing age.

The popular Arsenal blog Le Grove is certain that Song could be in Van Persie’s position at this time next season if he continues to ignore further Arsenal offers, and with his current form he could be a hot property by then.

Arsenal’s wage structure seems to be geared to stop any major increases in wage deals, which will then persuade players that their future lies elsewhere just as they come to their most saleable age, which is why the Gunners consistently make profit on their transfer dealings.

Could this be a hidden agenda behind Wenger’s youth policy?