Per Mertesacker – The big German has already announced that he intended to retire at the end of the season. He will take up a new role as Head of Academy in 2018, and will provide a good link between the new manager and the current set of senior players.
Santi Cazorla – It is with a heavy heart that Arsenal need to say goodbye to Santi Cazorla this summer.
The Spaniard has yet to play this season, having picked up a recurrence of an ankle injury damaged playing for Spain in 2013 in Champions League fixture against Ludogorets Razgrad on 19 October 2016. He also missed half of the 2015/16 season suffering a knee injury in a match against Norwich City.
23 league games in 3 seasons, and now 33 years old. He should not get a new contract, but ~Arsenal should continue their support and funding of his rehabilitation.
Jack Wilshere – A couple of months ago, Jack Wilshere had the fans on his side in his contract stalemate with the club. The majority wanted the club to offer him what he wanted.
A mixture of the excellent form of Aaron Ramsey and his own atrocious form has led to many of his loyal followers waivering.
The lack of noise coming from the club surrounding his contract indicates that he will leave us in the summer. Reality will then hit, as he will struggle to be a regular starter for a top 6 side.
A move to sit on Chelsea’s bench is my bet.
David Ospina – A new goal keeper will be top of the recruitment teams list this summer. When you look at David de Gea, he has been worth a good 12 points for Manchester United. Arsenal barely break even with Petr Cech.
Ospina is not good enough to replace Cech, so a new man will come in. Rather than Cech leave, and Ospina remain as number 2, the likelihood will be that the Columbian exits, leaving Cech as 2nd choice keeper for the last year of his contract.
Carl Jenkinson – It is incredible to think that Carl Jenkinson has now been at the club for 7 years. The rough diamond that joined the club in June 2011 is now about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Chuba Akpom – Once rated as the brightest young talent to come through the youth system, his Arsenal career has never really kicked off with some very average loan moves.
Now 22, it is time for the club to focus their time and efforts on Eddie Nketiah and Stephy Mavididi
Shkodran Mustafi – The club’s most expensive defender, Arsenal were open to selling the German last summer. In the end no serious offers materialised and Gabriel was the one who ended up leaving the club.
He might be saved by Laurent Koscielny’s injury issues. The club are certain to buy at least one centre back, which will leave Koscielny and Mustafi competing for a first team place. If the club get in the two centre backs they need, Mustafi will be the one to leave.
Calum Chambers – He might have only recently signed a new deal, but the reality is if a new centre back is signed, he will be 5th choice.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also a more attacking choice at right back. His career at Arsenal could depend on Hector Bellerin. If the Spaniard stays, Chambers will not.
Lucas Perez – Has had a tough time on loan back at Deportivo de La Coruña, where he has been heavily criticised by the fans. This seemingly rules out a permanent return to Deportivo.
Our lack of width might mean a new manager keeps him at the club, but if an opportunity to recoup what we spent on him arises, he will be out the door.
Joel Campbell – The Costa Rican became a bit of a battle ground for the Wenger argument. Many who wanted Wenger out put him on a pedestal, using his lack of game time as a reason to bash the manager.
4 years on from his good performance at the 2014 World Cup and he has certainly not developed into the talent many claimed he was. Now 26, Arsenal must regret not cashing in after the last World Cup. Like with Perez, our lack of natural wide players might lead him to stay, but it is unikely.