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Arsenal are expecting to lose at least 5 players at the end of the season

by rks2008

Arsenal are expecting to lose at least five players at the end of the season when a number of Mikel Arteta’s stars are out of contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah plus Egyptian defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny will all see their deals expire on June 30 and as things stand, the Gunners are preparing and forward planning for their departures.

Newly-appointed captain Lacazette will remain central to Arsenal’s top-four hopes between now and the end of the season and his game-time will not be affected by his uncertain future in north London, something that was communicated to him earlier in the season by his manager.

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There is, however, a faint chance the Frenchman could yet extend his stay with Arsenal on a short-term contract, providing he is willing to accept reduced terms.

Arteta and Edu are planning to sit down with Lacazette and his entourage at the end of the campaign to decide his fate but the 30-year-old is already being lined up for a return to Lyon.

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The club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has already publicly outlined his plan to bring his former player home, telling French press in February: “We’ll do our best to sign Alexandre Lacazette in June.”

Meanwhile, Nketiah is almost certain to quit Arsenal after rejecting the club’s latest contract offer last December.

He is set to move onto pastures new in search of regular playing time and could yet stay in the Premier League with Crystal Palace among those interested, after seeing a January bid rebuffed.

There have been no talks over a contract extension for Elneny since 2021 when initial discussions failed to get off the ground.

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Arsenal are set to pocket around £12.5m through the permanent sale of Lucas Torreira to Fiorentina, where the Uruguayan has just won his second Player of the Month award this season.

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