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Arsenal quartet should leave for sake of their careers

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Like many teams at the present moment, Arsenal are in a transition period, with some players making their exits, and others joining the north Londoners.

Arsene Wenger has made an uncharacteristically early start in the transfer window, signing Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach. The Frenchman also moved quickly to wrap up a deal for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, but it looks as if that deal is now off the table.

Despite suffering a possible setback in his pursuit of Vardy, Wenger is likely to continue being busy this summer, with a couple more additions expected to arrive at the Emirates Stadium.

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As a result, some of the players still in the squad may see their places under threat.

We have identified a number of players who should consider leaving Arsenal this summer for the sake of their careers.

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Kieran Gibbs

Unfortunately for Kieran Gibbs, he has seen his opportunities at the Emirates limited.

The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries whilst with the Gunners, and has been unable to secure his spot in the starting XI.

He is undoubtedly a talented left-back, but with Nacho Monreal performing so consistently, he may struggle to secure a place back in the team. 

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The full-back has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks, and Arsene Wenger does not appear desperate to keep hold of him, especially with Ricardo Rodriguez being consistently linked from Wolfsburg.

A move away from the Emirates might do Gibbs some good, as it could give him the chance to play regular first team football once again.

Mathieu Flamini

With the recent arrival of Granit Xhaka, Mathieu Flamini may see himself drop to the very bottom of the pecking order in central midfield.

Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are younger, stronger, and more mobile players and the Frenchman may see himself squeezed out of an increasingly crowded central midfield.

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It was expected that he'd be released this summer, but with Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky both saying goodbye to the club, nothing has been said of Flamini.

Despite seemingly not being released, Flamini should still consider a move away from the club as he's not likely to play much football next season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 as a raw 17-year-old, he injected blistering pace to an already dynamic attack.

He has put in his fair share of good performances, but a lack of consistency may be his undoing. It may come as a surprise that he is still only 22 with time to learn, but perhaps that learning will come away from the Emirates.

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If his services are no longer required at Arsenal, he may slot in nicely with a team playing a more counter-attacking style as his pace will undoubtedly be an asset.

The England international has been linked with a shock move to Premier League champions, Leicester City, who could be preparing for the expected exit of Riyad Mahrez,

Theo Walcott

Last season, Theo Walcott bore the brunt of criticism from many fans who lamented his lack of progression despite ten years at Arsenal. 

The rapid forward does not seem to have added to his skill set since joining from Southampton, and this has been a source of frustration for fans and pundits alike.

There is another reason why Walcott’s place may be under threat, and that reason is Joel Campbell.

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The Costa Rican international proved last season to be far more dynamic and creative, especially in the final third.

For the sake of his career, it might be considered best if Walcott left Arsenal and restarted his career elsewhere, but the long-term injury to Danny Welbeck could prevent any transfer from going through.

Walcott has been heavily linked with a move across London to West Ham United, who are believed to be in the market for an attacking player.

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