It's unlikely that the trio of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky will be handed new Arsenal contracts, according to the Evening Standard.
The well informed James Olley claims that the club are yet to make a final decision on the midfielders but are already planning for life without them.
The players will see their contracts in north London expire at the end of the campaign, so they may well be on the lookout for new clubs in the immediate future.
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Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky have all failed to establish themselves in the middle of the park at the Emirates throughout the course of the season so far, with the latter reportedly ready to end his career at his first club, Sparta Prague.
Rosicky has endured a tricky time in north London recently, with the same report claiming that Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is concerned that the Czech Republic international can no longer perform on a consistent basis in England's elite division.
Lack of playing time
Club captain Arteta has had a tricky time of it on the injury scene, too, and when fit he's often had to make do with a place on the bench as the Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla partnership in the middle of the park continues to flourish.
Flamini, despite an impressive performance against rivals Tottenham in the Capital One Cup back in September, has found opportunities hard to come by and could yet leave the club for the second time.
Ultimately, though, it's crucial for the Arsenal hierarchy that they manage to sign the right players to replace the experienced midfielders.
In fact, the same report from the Standard claims that potential replacements may well play a role in the club's decision to offload all three in the summer. It could be all change at Arsenal at the season's close.
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