Arsenal released 12 players when their contracts expired, including Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
However, what about the players whose contracts are up in 2019?
Chuba Akpom appears to be one on his way out, though he has never been able to make any real impact in the first team. The academy graduate spent the second part of last season on loan at Belgian club Sint-Truidense, while new boy Stephan Lichsteiner signed a one-year deal when he joined earlier in the summer.
Here, talkSPORT.com looks at other first team players whose contracts expire in 2019.
This is a key one. Ramsey, the goal scoring hero of Arsenal’s 2014 and 2017 FA Cup final wins, is said to be keen to work with new manager Unai Emery. Jack Wilshere has gone and fans were probably hoping to see the 27-year-old Ramsey partner summer signing Lucas Torreira in a new look Arsenal midfield, but he needs to sign a new deal first just like Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maintland-Niles have done. Ramsey was the fans’ Player of the Season last term.
“He is absolutely vital for us because he can play centre back in the three, he can play full-back in the four. It gives me many options to choose the tactics of the way we play, before the game. He is confident, he has good timing and he is an intelligent player and a very professional player,” Arsene Wenger said in January. Clearly he is a fan and Monreal is also very popular among supporters, who voted him second, behind Ramsey, in the club’s Player of the Season award. In 2017, Monreal talked about how happy he was at the club. “I have two more years left on my contract, with an optional third, and the idea is to stay here,” he explained. However, he is 32 and Emery could decide to cash in on him, with Real Sociedad said to be interested. Fans would be sad to see him go.
Petr Cech has been Arsenal’s no.1 since he swapped Stamford Bridge for the Emirates in 2015, but the arrival of Bernd Leno has naturally cast doubt on his future. The 36-year-old explained he is not going anywhere, though, and turned down interest from Napoli, who reportedly wanted him on loan. “My future is at Arsenal and I do not think about changing clubs,” he said. “I still have a year of my contract with Arsenal, the only thing I want to think about is fighting for a starting position.” David Ospina, whose contract is said to run until 2020, could be the goalkeeper to leave if Cech refuses to budge.
Welbeck left Man United for Arsenal in 2014, but his spell as a Gooner has been hampered by injury and he has been unable to play more than 30 league games in a season for the club. “I like him because he can play left, right or up front, and for his quality,” former manager Wenger said earlier in the year. “He is a useful player and useful is a positive. He might not be a goalscorer like Harry Kane but for England he can perfectly play with Kane because he can play on the flanks.” It will be interesting to see if Unai Emery feels the same because right now the 27-year-old Welbeck is behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the queue for starting places, while Arsenal have also been linked with wingers, Hirving Lozano and Cristian Pavon.
Contract info from transfermarkt.com