There were few surprises on Arsenal’s yearly retained list. The biggest players moving on are German defender Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.
Mertesacker revealed earlier in the season that he would retire this summer and will take up the role of academy boss. Cazorla has endured a nightmare 18 months through injuries and has re-joined former club, Villarreal.
The other players released from their Gunners contracts are Marc Bola, Alexander Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Hugo Keto and Tafari Moore. None of the youngster’s exits will have an effect on the Unai Emery’s first-team plans.
Offered new deals
A number of players have been offered new deals at the club, including youngsters Josh Dasilva, Yassin Fortune and Deyan Iliev.
However, the biggest name to be offered fresh terms by the Gunners is England midfielder Jack Wilshere. The 26-year-old’s future in north London is in major doubt after he was reportedly offered a new deal that meant wages dependent on games he played.
The midfielder has of course been plagued by injuries during his decade of first-team football for the Gunners. Wilshere is believed to be attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Wolves, West Ham and Everton.
Wilshere has expressed his wish to stay at Arsenal by signing a new deal. However, it seems unclear whether the terms of the deal offered will be enough to secure his future.
New Gunners boss Emery is also said to be keen to tie down Wilshere. It remains to be seen if he will sign a new deal in north London, though. Arsenal have been linked with a number of replacements for the 26-year-old, so the club are obviously preparing for his exit this summer.
Attempting to add players to the squad
Emery seems to have been busy attempting to add players to his squad. The Gunners have already completed the signing of veteran Swiss star Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.
Reports suggest that the north London club are also close to the capture of Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while also being heavily linked with a move for a new goalkeeper.
Emery needs to add players to his squad, with the Gunners outsiders to finish in the top-four next season at odds of 2/1. The Spaniard has his work cut out returning the north London side back into the Champions League, especially with such a reportedly small transfer budget.
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