Arsenal are set to allow midfielders Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini to leave the club at the end of the current season. The trio are in the final-year of their contracts with the club, and it is unlikely that they will be handed extensions on their current deals.
According to London Evening Standard, the three midfielders face a fight to retain their place in Arsenal's first-team squad next season, and despite no final decision from the club, it seems that the club may look for younger alternatives. Arteta and Flamini have played 138 minutes of Premier League between them, while Rosicky is yet to make an appearance this season.
Arteta is highly regarded at the club, and despite making just a handful of appearances in the Premier League, he is still the captain, and Arsene Wenger has reiterated the difference his presence makes to the squad. The Spaniard, has already begun taking his coaching badges and has been urged by his current manager to take up coaching once he hangs up his boots.
The 33-year-old, who has already held coaching sessions with the Arsenal U13's, has now moved into the national setup, with a Daily Mail report, revealing the former Everton midfielder's recent tryst with the Wales U16 team.
Similarly, Flamini has also failed to break into the Gunners' starting XI, with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla occupying the deep lying midfielder positions. He has made just two appearances thus far this campaign, and it is believed that he will be offloaded next summer, with the club reportedly eyeing a younger alternative to take his place in the squad.
The French international was linked with a move away this summer, but chose to stay and fight for his place, in what is his second stint with the club, after rejoining from AC Milan in 2013.
Rosicky, on the other hand, failed to make a single appearance this season owing to a surgery before the start of the season, for an injury he picked up while on international duty with the Czech Republic national team.
The former Borussia Dortmund star has been with Arsenal close to a decade, but his injury troubles have restricted him to just 245 appearances in all competitions for the north London club. The Czech international is highly regarded at the club, and Wenger, who is a big admirer, had a big part to play in the midfielder remaining with the club for an additional year.
The report, however, claimed that the French manager will allow the midfielder to depart the club, as his injury troubles did not allow him to play consistently at the top level. Nonetheless, the club are yet to make a final decision with regards to the future of the trio, and it could well depend on Wenger's ability to bring in similar quality replacements during next summer's transfer window.