Arsene Wenger believes Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky will remain at Arsenal beyond this season.
The long-serving duo see their contracts expire this summer and although they have been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium, Wenger says he expects both to stay.
Despite revealing he wanted to leave the Gunners in January, Rosicky has featured prominently in the second half of the season, prompting talk of a new deal that would see him complete 10 years at Arsenal.
And, asked whether he felt Rosicky and Arteta would remain at the club, Wenger told reporters: “I think yes. That’ll be sorted out at the end of May.”
Arteta sustained a serious ankle injury in November and has not played for the Gunners since the 2-0 Champions League group stage win over Borussia Dortmund.
And although the 33-year-old is back playing for the Arsenal Under-21s as he aims to regain full fitness, Wenger says he is not yet ready for first-team football.
“Arteta is out and Chamberlain is not available for selection. Everybody else is alright. Ox out for 2 weeks,” he added.
The Gunners face Reading in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this Saturday.