Arsenal look set for a clear out this summer with a number of fringe players and top stars entering the final year of their contracts.
Whether fans will miss many of the anticipated departures is up for debate with Arsene Wenger’s side falling behind their rivals this season.
The lack of clarity in the players’ futures only reflect their managers current contract situation. Wenger revealed last month he had reached a decision with the club to which he would announce in the coming weeks.
However no announcement has been made, although it the Frenchman is expected to continue to steer the ship at The Emirates.
Reece Dixon takes a look at some of the players who seemingly unlike their manager, could be out the door this summer…
The Colombian has enjoyed more game time this season, thanks to regular Champions League opportunities. Yet Ospina has failed to stake his claim as the man to replace Petr Cech between the sticks, despite his teammates inconsistent form this season.
Fenerbahce have been heavily linked with the shot-stopper who is thought to be interested in a move away.
Many Arsenal fans would have tipped the Englishman to be a first-team regular for the club by now. Gibbs burst on to the scene at The Emirates in 2007 after graduating from the Arsenal academy. Yet the 27 year-old has made just 132 Premier League appearances in nearly 10 years.
Despite being offered a new contract at the club, Arsenal have set about plans for Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac to replace the England international.
The Poland international has spent the past two seasons on loan at AS Roma and appears to be maturing in Italy. Szczesny has played every minute of Roma’s 32 Serie A matches, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.
The long time Arsenal man is still only 26, but whilst Petr Cech continues to hold it down between the sticks, the Pole may have to look elsewhere.
The Ox is one of the few fringe players who have stepped up this campaign. Arsenal fans have taken a liking to the winger playing at the heart of the midfield after a number of competent performances.
The 23 year-old remains a frustrating player from the wing and the word “potential” remains close to his name in conversation.
Regular opportunities for the Englishman are still few and far between. And with Liverpool rumoured to be lining up a deal for the forward, it could see the end of his six-year unfulfilled spell in North London.
Despite his stop-start career, Wilshere leaving would be a disappointing sight amongst Arsenal fans. The England international who endured a horrible run of injuries in North London has since been shipped out on loan to Bournemouth in a bid to reignite his career.
The signs on the south-coast have been positive, with Eddie Howe praising the 25 year-old for “transforming” his side. Though it must be said, Wilshere is yet to regain a place in the England set-up.
Unfortunately Arsenal have an excess of centre-midfielders and with Santi Cazorla still to return next season, a place for the Englishman remains unlikely.
Alexis Sanchez & Mesut Ozil
The two Arsenal stars have been the topic of conversation all season – Rumours of Mesut Ozil departing have appeared to have settled with the German reportedly failing to attract Europe’s elite.
Whilst speculation concerning Alexis Sanchez’s future remains uncertain. The 28 year-old who has netted 18 times this season is being headhunted by Chelsea and Manchester City.
Both players are entering the final years of their contracts and the Gunners could look to cash in while they can.
Are there any players not in the list who you fear or who you want to be out the door? Let us know in the comments below…