It looks set to be another summer of change over at Arsenal.
The Gunners, who were expected to be vying for the Premier League title at this stage of the season, instead now face a battle to qualify for the Champions League.
And that could lead to a huge revamp of the squad in the summer, with Arsene Wenger knowing the fans’ patience is starting to wear thin.
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Here are three players who could leave Arsenal this summer.
There came a time where Theo Walcott was widely regarded as one of the finest talents in the country. But, over a decade after signing for the club, the jury is still out on the ex-Southampton winger.
He started the campaign as Wenger’s first choice striker, but has since fallen well behind Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.
Walcott has netted just nine goals across all competitions – with the last of those coming in the 4-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium in April.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a sensational move to Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in securing his services, but Walcott has done little to justify being considered by one of the top clubs in the country.
With the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey in the squad, Arsenal may let Mikel Arteta leave this summer.
The Spaniard, who was a Transfer Deadline Day signing after the 8-2 drubbing by Manchester united in 2011, is club captain but can no longer be guaranteed place in Wenger’s starting line-up.
Arteta has endured an injury-hit last couple of seasons in North London, making just 13 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign, and the January capture of Elneny hints he no longer has a future at the Emirates.
He has even been rumoured to be interesting fierce rivals Tottenham, who want him to be part of their coaching set-up next season.
Petr Cech’s arrival from Chelsea last summer was always going to spell trouble for David Ospina.
The Columbian, who was vying for the number one jersey with Wojciech Szczesny last season, has barely had a look in this year with Cech one of Wenger’s most important players.
Ospina also did himself no favours with a mistake in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League back in September, and he is unlikely to want to continue to play second fiddle next season.
He was denied a move to Turkey with Besiktas in January yet the club are unlikely to stand in his way if he requests a move away.
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