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Five Arsenal players whose contracts are expiring – and what could happen next

Arsenal’s ability to tie players down to long-term contracts is something that has been extremely poor in recent years.

The Gunners have seen the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Robin van Persie and Aaron Ramsey enter the final 12 months of their respective deals with the club before departing shortly after.

However, in recent years they have handed youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli fresh new contracts to keep them at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future as Mikel Arteta plans to end the club’s five-year UEFA Champions League hiatus.

Still, there are a number of first-team players approaching the final six months of their contract at the club and less take a close look at those players and what might happen next in regards to their futures.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette has been strongly linked with a move away from the north Londoners in recent times, with the club seemingly unwilling to meet his demands on a new long-term deal.

The former Lyon star has successfully led the line in the last five league outings, giving a platform for the likes of Martin Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli to thrive in Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 system.

French outlet L’Equipe reported that Arsenal made Lacazette a 12-month contract extension offer, something that the 30-year-old is unlikely to accept as he looks for a longer commitment.

Arteta himself has refused to give much away when asked about the clinical frontman, admitting he won’t talk about the situation until the end of the season.

“I don’t know there is so much stuff on his contract,” the Spaniard told a press conference last month.

“What I can say is I’m really happy with what Lacazette is doing. We’re not going to be talking about any of that until the end of the season.

Brettbarley understands that he is keeping his options open ahead of a potentially lucrative summer move, with Roma and Atletico Madrid among the clubs linked with a move.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

Eddie Nketiah

Another striker that is into the final months of his deal is Hale End academy graduate Eddie Nketiah.

Nketiah has struggled to nail down a starting role during Arteta’s time with the club and it seems likely that he will seek pastures new.

Brettbarley reported last month that Nketiah informed the club of his desire to leave despite Arteta repeatedly claiming he wants to keep the former England Under-21 international at the Emirates.

“I tell you every day that we want to keep Eddie,” he said after the 22-year-old netted a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland last week.

“We see how he trains, that’s what he does every day, he works so hard and puts the ball in the net every session. I am really delighted with him. Every time we have needed him he has always responded.

“We are trying (to persuade him to stay). It’s not about anything else but minutes. He wants game time, he wants to be on that field and that is the only reason to say ‘can I do it here?’ That’s the question. We all want him to stay.”

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

Calum Chambers

Former Southampton defender Calum Chambers is another Arsenal player that has found game time hard to come by this season.

With Benjamin White and Gabriel Magalhaes forming a formidable partnership in the heart of Arteta’s defence and Takehiro Tomiyasu impressing at right-back, Chambers has had to watch from the sidelines in recent times.

However, the once England international’s versatility is a useful asset to have and his previous experience in the centre of midfield may even prove to be useful when Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny head to the Africa Cup of Nations in the New Year.

The fact that Chambers is also homegrown could persuade the north London outfit to keep him on considering fellow Englishman Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks likely to leave the club in January.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: STAYS

Mohamed Elneny

Elneny has been a reliable squad player since joining from Swiss side Basel in January 2016.

The Egyptian international isn’t the flashiest of players but works hard in the centre of the park, occasionally coming off the bench when the Gunners are looking to keep hold of a narrow lead late in games.

Still, the 29-year-old has been linked to a number of Turkish sides in the last year, with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray both reportedly interested in acquiring his services in 2022.

Couple that with the development of young Belgian international Albert Sambi Lokonga, it makes sense for Elneny to leave the Gunners come the end of the current campaign.

Current deal expires: Summer 2022

Likeliest outcome: LEAVES

 

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