Arsenal’s ageing midfield trio look set to depart the Emirates Stadium this summer with their contracts up at the end of the season and no deals being table to extend their stay into 2016/17. Combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini, deep-lying player Mikel Arteta and industrious playmaker Tomas Rosicky are all out of contract next month, and have made 24 Premier League appearances between them this season.
With Jack Wilshere returning from injury to strengthen a central midfield that includes Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny, there’s no longer a place for Arsenal’s veterans. Arteta and Flamini have proven to be useful when the Londoners were suffering an injury crisis, but Rosicky has been out of action for the majority of the season.
Their contracts expire at the end of June, and Arsenal are keen to free up the wage bill to fund new deals this summer. Cazorla proved to be Arteta’s natural successor in the middle of the park, while Elneny and Coquelin have more than adequately replaced Mathieu Flamini. Mesut Ozil operates in the Tomas Rosicky role and oozes creativity in the final third. He provides less in the way of industry, however.
With Arsenal still looking to finish the Premier League season on high, manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to give the trio a send-off in their final Emirates game against Aston Villa. He is expected to try to accommodate them in some format.