Arsenal ended the 2012/13 Premier League campaign on a high as they secured their Champions League place for a 16th consecutive season under Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners will now look to strengthen their current crop of players and not lose any of their influential men.

In recent years, Arsenal have had to cope with the losses of star-men like; Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Robin van Persie, but luckily this season, it seems they won't be in danger of losing their star-men for the first-time in years.

After the final day of the season Wenger said that he is delighted to know that he won't be losing anyone he doesn't want to lose this summer and he is even more happy to know that he has the funds to spend to strengthen his squad.

So, despite assuring fans none of the star-names will be leaving, there is still expected to be a whole-host of players leaving the Emirates Stadium and here is the list of players we expect to be departing from Arsenal.

Andrey Arshavin 

The Russian's contract runs out in the summer so he is 100% certain to leave the club after a dismal last couple of seasons.

Signed back in 2009 from Zenit St Petersburg, Arshavin was a huge-hit at the Emirates in his early career there, but in the last two seasons his stature has fallen to a fringe-player.

Supplied the fans with great moments like scoring four at Anfield and scoring the winner against Barcelona, but his time at Arsenal is all-but over.

Sebastian Squillaci

Labelled as the worst ever Arsene Wenger signing after a dismal few seasons at the Emirates Stadium.

Came in as an experienced centre-back, but leaving as a failure. 

Doesn't even make the bench anymore for Arsenal and similar to Arshavin, his contract runs out this summer and that will be the end to his career in north London.

Nicklas Bendtner

The Danish striker has been sent out on loan for the last two seasons, to Sunderland and Juventus, but this summer may be his final one at Arsenal.

Unfortunately for the striker he believes he is a lot better than what he actually is and his ego hasn't helped him at all as he once said that he is the best striker in the world.

Arsene Wenger will surely be looking at clubs to take him permanently rather than just on a loan.

Marouane Chamakh

Had a great start to his Arsenal career but once Robin Van Persie returned to fitness, his first-team place jeopardised and he failed to re-gain his form or his spot in the team.

Sent out on loan to West Ham United this season, where he also failed to break into the first-team, surely is the final chapter in his Arsenal career as ex-club Bordeoux are interested in bringing him back to France.

Andre Santos

Another Wenger signing that didn't pay off as the Brazilian defender could never settle in England and could never win over the majority of fans.

Despite scoring in a 5-3 victory over Chelsea and also during their vital 3-2 win over West Brom, Santos was never liked by the fans and his reputation worsened this year after an incident with Robin van Persie.

The left-back decided to swap shirts with RVP at half-time during Arsenal's tie with Manchester United much to the annoyance of the travelling fans and soon after this incident he was sent out on loan to Gremio with Nacho Monreal coming in to replace him.

Bacary Sagna

The right-back has struggled with injury problems recently, especially after suffering two broken legs, and because of his injury record, the club aren't willing to give him longer than a year extension on his contract, much to the frustration of Sagna.

The Frenchman wants a longer contract offer with a pay-rise, but the club are not interested in offering him more money or time and performances this season haven't helped either.

With the improvement of Carl Jenkinson as well, Sagna's first-team spot isn't as nailed on as it used to be and with interest coming from Paris Saint-Germain, he may be tempted to leave the club.

Thomas Vermaelen

If I said this name at the beginning of the season, you would have laughed in my face, but the captain has had a terrible season and by the end of it, he was a back-up player to the first-team.

Dropped because of poor form, Vermaelen had to watch the season run-in from the bench as he saw Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker produce a solid partnership at the back.

What doesn't help for the Belgium is the reports that suggest the club are close to signing Ashley Williams from Swansea City and apparently Arsene Wenger is willing to listen to offers for his captain.

Other likely departures: Johan Djourou, Denilson, Francis Coquelin and Park Chu-Young

 

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