Mass Exodus?! 12 Arsenal Players Whose Contracts Run Out at the End of Next Season

Arsenal Football Club are probably in the worst place they've been in for over a decade now, what with Arsene Wenger's future very much in the balance as well as that of a number of key players. With Champions League qualification for next season now a doubt, a host of first team players may start thinking about life beyond the Emirates Stadium. Amongst all the drama that's going on in north London, the Gunners have somehow reached the point where 12 players will be out of contract at the end...

Joel Campbell

Despite featuring a total of 30 times last season for the Gunners, he was deemed surplus to first team requirements once again this campaign and has been on loan at Sporting Lisbon all year.

His time in the Portuguese Primeira Liga is his 5th loan move since signing for Arsenal in 2011 and just like fellow Arsenal flops Jeremie Aliadiere and Carlos Vela, the Costa Rica forward should learn from the hints that he is no longer wanted nor needed at the club.

Likelihood of contract extension: 2/10

Jack Wilshere

After years of being billed as the one of the greatest talents in world football, Wilshere has yet to fully mature into the footballer that he was projected to become and Arsene Wenger opted to send him on loan to Bournemouth for the entire season.

A positive start has been followed by a lot of time spent on the bench and there is much speculation as to the future of the English international. While he still obviously possesses potential to become a top drawer midfielder, the Gunners may decide to cash in.

Likelihood of contract extension: 5/10

Yaya Sanogo

You may well have forgotten that Yaya Sanogo is still on the books of Arsenal, with the former French Under 21 international striker embarking on four separate loan moves in two seasons, but he is still in fact a Gunner.

Despite this, the 24-year-old has not played for the club in two years and has spent this season injured with a serious calf problem. In short, the former Auxerre man will be looking for a new club come this summer, let alone when his current deal expires in 2018.

Likelihood of contract extension: 1/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Signed from Southampton for around £15m as a pacy 17-year-old winger, the now England international regular has developed into an all-action central midfielder who has been desperately trying to solidify himself as an automatic starter under Arsene Wenger.

The 23-year-old has been consistently linked to a range of other clubs and the Gunners would be naive to sell 'The Ox'. A new deal for the two-time FA Cup winner has to become a priority for the north London club. 

Likelihood of contract extension: 8/10

Wojciech Szczesny

Now in his second season on loan with Italian giants Roma, Szczesny is another Arsenal player with no clue as to his footballing future. The Pole left the club as a result of Petr Cech's arrival and he's responded well, performing admirably in the Serie A.

The 26-year-old may fancy his chances of returning to the Emirates Stadium and challenging Cech for the number one jersey after his time abroad, especially with the Czech Republic stopper about to turn 35.

Likelihood of contract extension: 4/10

Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs is now 27-years-old and that's what is probably worrying Arsenal fans. The dependable full back has never lived up to his promise and failed to fill the void left by Gael Clichy, instead allowing Nacho Monreal to become first choice left back.

The 10-capped England international seems to be better suited to a mid-table Premier League side and despite joining the Gunners' academy in 2004, it might be time for Gibbs to find regular first team football.

Likelihood of contract extension: 3/10

Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has had no luck over the past two years, featuring in just 23 Premier League games since the start of the 2015/16 season, which has raised question marks over whether the Spanish maestro will ever return to action.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is always one of Arsenal's best players when he plays and most will want the former Malaga and Villarreal man to extend his time at the Emirates Stadium, yet it is very injury dependent.

Likelihood of contract extension: 7/10

Carl Jenkinson

The self-confessed Arsenal supporter will surely be aware that his time as a Gunner is coming to an end. The tall full back remains on the squad list, but has appeared in just one Premier League game this season.

A two year loan spell at London neighbours West Ham was expected to become permanent, but now the 25-year-old defender will be desperate to secure a move elsewhere before his contract runs out.

Likelihood of contract extension: 2/10

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil is still probably one of the best playmakers in world football, but the fact that he does not show that enough for Arsenal, especially this season, has led many Gunners supporters to call for the German's head.

The former Real Madrid man has been absent during large chunks of the season, but Arsenal are desperate to tie down the future of their £42.5m record man. The 28-year-old assist king does not seem happy in north London, but an improved deal could well change all that.

Likelihood of contract extension: 6/10

Per Mertesacker

While the club are desperate for one German to stay, another's time is slowly winding down following a loyal service to the club. Per Mertesacker remains club captain, but has not featured at all this season due to a knee injury.

Wenger's decision to appoint the 32-year-old as skipper in spite of the injury says a lot about the importance of Mertesacker's presence in the squad. However, whether this will still be relevant in 15 months time is unlikely.

Likelihood of contract extension: 3/10

Aaron Ramsey

Strangely Aaron Ramsey is another Arsenal star whose current deal is coming to an end at the end of next season. The Welsh international has yet to recreate his phenomenal form of the 2013/14 campaign but he remains an integral part of the Gunners starting XI.

The combative midfielder, who was once heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, will be 27 by the time next season comes to a close and the north London side will be keen to keep hold of the player as he reaches his peak.

Likelihood of contract extension: 9/10

Alexis Sanchez

It's all about him in the end, isn't it? By far Arsenal's most important and best performing player, the Chilean superstar has tipped to leave the Emirates' Stadium ever since the club entered this crisis a few months ago.

Signed from Barcelona for around £32m in 2014, Sanchez has scored 64 goals in 132 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, but looks desperate to leave the club with results not going their way.

Likelihood of contract extension: 4/10

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