Three midfield mainstays have officially been released by Arsenal.

As reported by ​ESPN, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini's respective contracts at the club expired on 30th June.

The club has confirmed that the players are no longer at the north London club as they prepare to build on their second-placed Premier League finish last term.

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Arteta is ​believed to be close to joining his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola in a coaching role at Manchester City, with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager officially taking over on 1st July.

Flamini and Rosicky are yet to confirm their intentions, though both are likely to be looking for clubs to prolong their respective careers. The latter is currently recovering from injury that he sustained representing the Czech Republic at Euro 2016. 

He made only one appearance for his club last season due to injury, though he was a well-respected player to both team-mates and fans alike and was given a good send-off in their final match of the season. 


Meanwhile, manager Arsene Wenger acted early to fill the gap that releasing the three players created, by signing Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Swiss international will add some much-need strength and power into the club's midfield, and if Jack Wilshere can stay fit then they could create an impressive partnership.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another player that Wenger will hope can remain fit, and he posted pictures on social media of his comeback from a knee injury that ruled him out of England's squad. The 22-year-old spent most of June in California on holiday but is now running again.