Arsenal has been the victim of key players leaving on free transfers after their contracts expired in the past, most notably Arron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez.
Apart from improving Arsenal's tactical approach to the game, Arteta has also figured out how to manage his players' contracts. Arteta clearly does not want to play players who refuse to sign contract extension offers, as he did to Falorin Balogun when he was hesitant to sign a new contract and still wanted to play, but was not considered until he assured Arsenal of his future to Arsenal.
Arteta is also wary of over-relying on players whose contracts are about to expire, no matter how good they are, so that the club does not face a significant gap when they leave. This can be seen in Alexander Lacazette's situation, where he may be allowed to leave for free, but his departure would not be detrimental to Arsenal.
Arteta may face a lot of criticism at times, but his man management skills are admirable. If Arteta were at Manchester United, Pogba's skills would not be enough to keep him on the team, but his contract extension would.
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