LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal after he scores his sides second goal as Jack Wilshere of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players Arsenal Should Keep and Offload This Summer

Arsenal head into this summer widely expecting the biggest shake-up in over 22 years following the departure of Arsene Wenger. The long-serving Frenchman departs north London following the end of the 2017-18 campaign with three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups among his huge legacy at the club.


With the arrival of Unai Emery this summer, as well as the newly structured setup with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, it can be widely expected that those off-field changes will lead to significant adjustments to the Arsenal first team squad.


Arsenal finished in sixth this season, their worst ever finish under Wenger, and fell painfully short of Europa League and Carabao Cup successes, crashing out of the former at the semi final stage and losing in the final of the latter.


The Gunners hierarchy will be well aware of the need to strengthen the side in order to regain their previously customary place among the top four in the Premier League, with title contention to follow, and once again fight for major honours next term.


The next few months will inevitably see additions made, but as with the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the last 12 months, any major incomings are likely to be dependent on departures, just as the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin have made way to fund those recent arrivals.


It remains to be seen, then, who will be deemed good enough by the new manager to stay for the rebuild at Arsenal next season, and who will be deemed surplus to requirements and moved on... 

6. Goalkeepers

Petr Cech - STAY - The Premier League icon has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates and remains Arsenal's number one choice at present. Though age and injuries have seen the Czech keeper dip below his best, and with a new face almost certain to be brought in between the posts next season, Cech continues to provide experience and leadership, and will likely see out the remainder of his contract as backup at the Emirates.


David Ospina - GO - The Columbian has largely spent his time at Arsenal as second choice since moving to north London four years ago. The promise of regular cup and Europa League football from Arsene Wenger kept him on board last season, but Ospina is likely to depart the Emirates this summer.


Emiliano Martinez - STAY (LOAN) - Now 25, Martinez has been loaned out by the Gunners four times to different clubs in the lower divisions in England, before heading out to Getafe for the most recent campaign. Once described by Arsene Wenger as Arsenal's future, the Argentine is likely to be loaned out once more next season.

5. Full Backs

Hector Bellerin - STAY - The speedy Spanish right back is likely to be in demand this summer, with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City regularly linked with big money moves. The 23-year-old, though, remains Arsenal's only natural right back and, having been ever-present in the side this past season, one of the Gunners' most important players.


Nacho Monreal - STAY - Though Monreal is now 32, the Spaniard seems to only improve with age. The last season saw the most consistent and highest scoring season for the left back in a Gunners shirt to date. His experience could make him one of the leaders of the side next term.


Sead Kolasinac - STAY - Whilst Arsenal only possess one out-and-out right back, Kolasinac provides strong competition for Monreal on the left-hand side of defence. Having endured a tough debut campaign in the Premier League, the Bosnian displayed plenty of power and purpose when selected, and could cement his place as first choice under Emery.


Carl Jenkinson - GO - The right back was a part of the British core which it was said Arsenal's future would be built around but ultimately never came to fruition. Jenkinson has spent this season on loan at Birmingham, having had spells at West Ham in each of the previous two campaigns. Now 26, it appears that the Englishman's hopes of a future with the club he supported as a boy are all but over.

4. Centre Backs

Per Mertesacker - GONE - The club captain steps down from his playing duties this summer to become the manager of Arsenal's academy.


Laurent Koscielny - STAY - The Gunners' other most senior centre back continues to be a key figure and regular starter at the Emirates, but has seen a dip in form in the past year. While reinforcements were always likely to be recruited at the centre of defence this summer, Koscielny's injury will keep him out of action until December, ruling the vice-captain out of any move away as a makeweight.


Shkodran Mustafi - GO - The German has displayed occasional brilliance at the heart of the Gunners' defence since his move from Valencia in 2016, but his inconsistencies and error-prone performances over the past season are likely to see him moved on this summer to generate funds and a vacancy for at least one new centre back to be brought into the Emirates.


Calum Chambers - STAY - The England Under-21 international seemed to come of age during the second half of the season, having looked short of defensive solidity prior to his loan move to Middlesbrough the year before. The 23-year-old has clearly matured and grown in stature, and is likely to continue to at least provide squad depth at the Emirates next season.


Rob Holding - STAY (LOAN) - Having enjoyed a storming debut campaign in north London following his move from Bolton in 2016, Holding endured a rather less spectacular season this term. Still only 22 and having recently signed a new contract, the Englishman still promises to be the future of Arsenal's defence, and a loan move away next season could be of similar benefit to that of Chambers' temporary switch to Middlesbrough before him.


Konstantinos Mavropanos - STAY - The Greek made a huge impression in the latter stages of the season following his January move to Arsenal, holding his own so impressively in his Premier League debut against Manchester United, and could be kept at the club for further coaching and as backup to any new, more experienced recruits that are made in defence this summer.

3. Centre Midfielders

Aaron Ramsey - GO - The Welshman has been arguably the Gunners' standout performer of the past year, but a lack of progress in talks over renewing a contract which expires in just one year means Arsenal could be forced to sell Ramsey to avoid another stand-off situation similar to those which unfolded with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.


Jack Wilshere - STAY - Though the England midfielder's contract expires this summer, all of the current indications seem to be that the 26-year-old will stay put and sign fresh terms at the Emirates, with a more consistent run of fitness and his love for the club keeping him at Arsenal.


Santi Cazorla - GONE- Though the diminutive Spanish maestro was arguably the Gunners' most technically gifted player, the 33-year-old is out of contract this summer and it has been confirmed that he will not play for the north London outfit again, last featuring for them in November 2016.


Granit Xhaka - STAY - Still much derided and criticised by fans and pundits alike for mistakes and a lack of pace and authority, the Switzerland international has been an ever-present in the Gunners' midfield in the past season and has grown in stature and importance at the Emirates. His pass completion and accuracy stats are evidence of his true quality.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles - STAY - The most exciting young player to come through the Arsenal ranks in recent times, Maitland-Niles's breaking into the first team provided a real insight into the future for the Gunners. Unflappably comfortable in possession, quick across the ground and tactically astute, the 20-year-old can only get better and is likely to shine next term.


Mohamed Elneny - STAY - The Egyptian has proved worthy of Arsene Wenger's faith with solid and consistent displays since his move from Basel in January 2016. Having recently signed a new contract, Elneny will continue to be a useful and dependable squad player next season.

2. Attacking Midfielders

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - STAY - The Armenian has made an impressive start to his Gunners career following a January move from Manchester United which saw Alexis Sanchez move the other way. Mkhitaryan has slotted in seamlessly with Arsenal's brand of attacking football, displaying excellent linkup play with his teammates. Next season should see the winger play a key role in the Gunners' new-look attacking setup.


Mesut Ozil - STAY - The mercurial German was a central figure of Arsenal's season and is very much the technical leader of the side. Alexis Sanchez's departure has handed Ozil added attacking responsibility which his new £350k-a-week contract reflects, and the iconic playmaker will be expected to lead his side to greater success next season.


Alex Iwobi - STAY - Though often criticised for a lack of technical ability and end product, Iwobi continues to develop and displays excellent ball carrying and retention skills and steady improvement with each passing season. Still only 22, the Nigerian is another to have broken through the club's academy and offers work rate and application from attacking areas which can continue to be of great use for Arsenal next season.


Jeff Reine-Adelaide - STAY (LOAN) - The Frenchman displayed great quality and promise following his move to Arsenal in 2015, delivering exciting performances at the Emirates Cup that summer. Having failed to break into the first team on a regular basis since then, Reine-Adelaide is currently on loan at Angers back in France, and there is still hope that the 20-year-old could yet have a bright future in north London.


Joel Campbell - GO - Another who showed great promise and ability in the early stages of his Gunners career, the Costa Rica international has been in exile with perpetual loan spells making him a largely forgotten man at the Emirates. Now 25 and in need of a fresh start, Campbell will surely depart the club permanently this summer.

1. Forwards

Alexandre Lacazette - STAY - The £46.5m summer signing from Lyon enjoyed an excellent beginning and end to his debut season in the Premier League, with a knee injury ultimately proving restrictive and consequential to a mid-season dip for the Frenchman. Lacazette still managed 17 goals in all competitions and is likely to continue to lead the line at the Emirates next season.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - STAY - The £56m club-record January signing made an instant impact upon his arrival to the Emirates, scoring on his debut in the 5-1 home win over Everton and going on to register a total of ten goals in 13 Premier League games for the Gunners, making him the quickest player to reach that mark for Arsenal in the fewest amount of matches. Aubameyang will be a vital figure in Arsenal's attack next season.


Danny Welbeck - STAY - The England striker's Arsenal career has been largely blighted by injury to date, but a strong return in the closing stages of the season in which Welbeck scored crucial goals, particularly in firing his side through the knockout stages of the Europa League up to the semi finals, proved that the 27-year-old can still be an important player in the Gunners squad. 


Lucas Perez - GO - Having been brought in as a plan B following failures to sign Jamie Vardy and Lacazette that summer, Perez never truly cemented his place in Arsenal's first team, and was loaned back to former club Deportivo La Coruna a year later. With Lacazette now at Arsenal, along with Aubameyang, Perez's chances are likely to be even more scarce next season, and the Spaniard must surely move on this summer.


Takuma Asano - GO - The Japan international was one of the more mysterious signings of the Arsene Wenger era. Having been brought in two years ago, Asano is still yet to feature for the Gunners, and has been loaned out to Stuttgart in each of his two seasons on the club's books to date. With a new manager set to arrive, it appears that Wenger's gamble on the 23-year-old has not paid off.