Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs could leave Arsenal

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The England trio of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs could all leave Arsenal this summer.

This has been reported by the Telegraph, who claim that the Gunners will consider offers for the England internationals in the next transfer window.

It appears, then, that there could be a major clear-out in north London, with the same report claiming that Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are also set to move on.


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The expected departures of Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky won't exactly come as a surprise to the Emirates faithful, who have watched the players fail to hold down a first-team place over the last couple of years.

In truth, all three players are approaching the final stages of their careers, so a move away appears to be inevitable at this stage.

Arsenal's British core

But selling Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs would represent a huge risk for Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger, who previously invested so much time into the development of the players. A problem has clearly emerged.

It wasn't so long ago that the club appeared to have some of the most exciting British players in the game, but things have quickly turned sour.

Walcott, of course, wasn't in the photo below as a number of British players signed new long-term deals in north London, but what has happened to Arsenal's British core? For one reason or another, they just haven't developed and have been left behind at the Emirates.

While the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been brought in, the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and co. have failed to come to prominence. Injury, of course, has taken its toll on a couple of the aforementioned players, but there is a notion that the Gunners haven't handled their homegrown stars correctly.

Tottenham comparison 

Where Arsenal have failed, Tottenham have succeeded and that will only hurt the Gunners' hierarchy further. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose look all but set to secure a place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016, while Arsenal's English stars still have it all to prove between now and the end of the campaign.

There's a worrying trend involving the demise of English players at Arsenal and it's one that they are struggling to overcome.

If the likes of Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs move on to pastures new this summer, then the Arsenal hierarchy should take the blame.

Arsenal fans: should Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs leave this summer? Have your say below!

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