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Arsenal trio set to leave club this summer – report
According to reports today, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are all set to leave Arsenal when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Arteta has proven to be an excellent purchase since joining the club from Everton in 2011 but he will be 34 in March and has been plagued by injury problems over the past 12 months.
The Spaniard remains club captain but he’s managed just two starts this season with Coquelin and Cazorla the established midfield pairing, and the Independent claim he won’t have his contract renewed when it expires in June.
Rosicky is another player who’s struggled with fitness issues this season and is out until the New Year after undergoing knee surgery.
The Czech international has been close to leaving the club over the past two transfer windows but the newspaper says this summer will finally be the time the 35-year-old departs.
Thankfully Tomas will have reached a decade of service for Arsenal so should be in line for a testimonial next year.
The final player the Independent claims will leave in the summer is Flamini. The 32-year-old has been a bit-part player since returning to the club in 2013 and it looks as though he too will be on his way when his deal runs out in June.
Let’s face it, Flamini has been woeful over the past 12 months whenever he has played, with the obvious exception of his man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham back in September, so his time is certainly up.
It will be a shame to lose three experienced players like Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini but I think it is time they all moved on. There is still a chance Arteta could stay at the club in a coaching capacity, but we’ll have to see how things develop over the coming months.
The important thing for Arsenal is how we place these players next summer.