Arsene Wenger plans to wield the axe at Arsenal, with three senior players tipped for summer exits

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According to the Mirror, Arsene Wenger is planning a major squad overhaul at Arsenal in the summer, with three of his midfielders linked to the exit door.

The tabloid report that the contracts of veteran trio Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky all come to an end this summer, and the Gunners are planning to cut the threesome loose.

While Wenger was hesitant to sign players during the summer—bringing only Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to the Emirates Stadium—the manager has already splashed the cash in the January transfer window.

Mohamed Elneny has arrived in a £5 million deal from FC Basel—as reported by the Mirror—and the Egypt international’s signing adds more direct competition for the aforementioned trio, who may already be finding themselves surplus to requirements over the coming months.

As noted by the tabloid, Arteta may not be leaving the club entirely, with the former Everton man potentially in line to be offered a coaching role at the north London heavyweights.

Should the trio leave, their departures would represent something of a changing of the guard at the Emirates Stadium; Rosicky, despite his considerable injury absences, has been with the club since 2006—winning two FA Cups—while Flamini is at his second spell with the Gunner and Arteta arrived from Everton in 2011.

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