Arsenal are set to bid farewell to Mesut Ozil next summer after what will be eight seasons at The Emirates.
The German playmaker has no place in Mikel Arteta’s plans, and has virtually no chance of sealing an extension.
He was left out of Arsenal’s 25-man squad for the Premier League and Europa League, despite the Gunners’ lack of creativity in midfield.
He won’t be the only player departing, however, as Arsenal have five other players who will be out of contract next summer.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was also left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad, appears to have no future at Arsenal.
The Greek centre-back has fallen way down the pecking order under Arteta after the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes and the return of William Saliba from his loan.
Left-back Kieran Tierney has even overtaken him in Arteta’s eyes, with the Scotsman filling in at centre-back with Bukayo Saka out at left wing-back.
Sokratis is unlikely to be given a new contract, and could be allowed to leave in January if any teams make acceptable offers.
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Fellow centre-back Shkodran Mustafi is also out of contract, and has told the club he doesn’t plan on staying.
There was interest in the German during the summer transfer window, but Arsenal wanted to keep him around to provide competition. But now, he looks set to depart having told the club he won’t sign a new deal.
David Luiz could be offered a new deal, having impressed this season at the back. The Brazilian has played a mentor role to Gabriel and Rob Holding in a three-man centre-back formation.
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However, he will be 34 when the season ends, and it is possible Arsenal will look to move forward with their younger options and let Luiz go.
Goalkeeper Matt Macey also appears to be on the way out. Arsenal signed Runar Alex Gunnarsson to be a back-up to Bernd Leno this summer, and are expected to move again for Brentford’s David Raya next summer.
For that reason, Macey will likely become a fourth-choice, and could decide his future will be brighter at another club.
Dani Ceballos will also depart Arsenal next summer unless a deal can be reached with Real Madrid.
The Spaniard’s loan spell was extended by a year during the previous window, and he’s impressed in the middle of midfield.
Arsenal are believed to be eager to sign a new creative midfielder next summer, and therefore could opt to negotiate with Madrid over a potential deal.
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