Arsenal trio set for axe as Wenger looks to freshen up squad

Arsenal are set to axe experienced trio Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta at the end of the season, the Express reports.

The trio have found first-team opportunities scarce this season, while the Czech international is yet to feature for the club at all since the summer.

The Gunners will be losing three extremely influential players should they allow all three to leave however, with Rosicky his country’s captain, Arteta currently club captain, and Flamini known for his presence in the dressing room.

The three stars are all out of contract at the end of the season, and an offer to extend any of their deals looks unlikely, given their lack of game-time.

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla appeared to have formed a formidable central pairing, forcing Flamini and Arteta to sit on the bench, and the long-term fitness of these older players has to come under question also.

The current captain’s exit will be Arsenal’s sixth captain to leave in the past 11 years.

Updated: November 4, 2015 — 12:15 pm
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