Arsenal prepare for life without William Gallas
Arsenal are preparing for life without William Gallas after their former captain missed Monday's deadline to commit his future to the club.
An offer of a new one-year contract is on the table, but Gallas wants the security of a two-year deal at a wage that Arsenal are not prepared to meet.
There was hope that some compromise could be reached but manager Arsène Wenger decided he must move and take positive steps towards finding a replacement if there was no resolution by the end of May.
Wenger would ideally like his squad for next season settled before the World Cup although that now looks highly unlikely, particularly with Arsenal and Barcelona still a huge distance apart in their respective valuations for Cesc Fàbregas.
Sol Campbell is also stalling on the offer of a new one-year contract, leaving Wenger now likely to try and recruit two centre-backs this summer.
At present, Thomas Vermaelen and Johan Djourou are Arsenal's only senior central defenders whose futures are settled.
Wenger has been closely monitoring a number of potential replacements for Gallas, including Lorient centre-back Laurent Koscielny and Dynamo Kiev's Pape Diakhat. Lorient want around £7m for Koscielny.