As Mikel Arteta and his team return to train ahead of next season, the usual wave of excitement grows around rumors of new Arsenal signings.
Nuno Tavares has now officially signed with the club, while Albert Sambi Lokonga is also expected to join the Gunners in the near future.
Many other names have been linked to the club as well, from James Maddison to Ruben Neves.
With so much attention on potential entrants, it’s already easy to overlook some of the squad’s players.
With that in mind, here are five players you may have overlooked who are still under contract at Arsenal.
Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke, it would be easy to assume that Arsenal saw Sead Kolasinac’s last. However, the bulky Bosnian still has a year on his contract with the club.
After a promising start to his career in north London, the 28-year-old quickly fell out of favor with unconvincing defensive performances. Nacho Monreal, Kieran Tierney and even Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been favorites at Kolasinac in recent seasons.
The new signing of another left-back Tavares suggests Arsenal will try to get rid of Kolasinac for good this summer. Still, with this year still on his contract, the Bosnian could well figure again for the Gunners.
Another player on loan last season is combative Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
A number of man-of-the-match displays at the start of his first season with the club have Arsenal fans purring on their ‘new Kante’. Sadly, poor form and a reported failure to settle in London quickly saw the Uruguayan fall out of favor.
Sadly, a season at Atletico Madrid hasn’t done much to improve Torriera’s reputation. League debuts were rare in Spain, with the 25-year-old failing to find his way into a title-winning side with any frequency.
It appears Arsenal are hoping to offload the Uruguayan once again this summer – on loan or permanently – but with a contract until 2023, he too could stay at the club longer than expected.
While loan spells have suggested the demise of the two aforementioned Arsenal players, Reiss Nelson may well have damaged his reputation by not coming out on loan last season.
Once one of Arsenal’s most valued academy talents, Nelson has struggled to make a huge impact on the senior squad. The impressive emergence of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli has now left Nelson somewhere in the pecking order.
Instead of being on loan last season, the 21-year-old has chosen to stay at the club and fight for his place. This decision backfired on him, as he only played twice in the Premier League.
It now seems more likely that Nelson is considering a loan next season; or maybe even a transfer away from the Gunners.
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In what can be considered one of the most unsuccessful transfers in Arsenal history, Alex Runarsson didn’t sign for the club until last September. Less than a year after starting that four-year contract, he’s already become a largely forgotten (or better-forgotten) man among most fans.
Originally signed to replace Bernd Leno, following the sale of former number two Emi Martinez, Runarsson delivered alarming performances – notably against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup – which quickly prompted Arteta to seek another option.
Brighton’s Mat Ryan has been loaned out to provide additional cover, and while the Aussie keeper won’t return to Arsenal, that doesn’t appear to open the door for Runarsson again.
Instead, Arsenal are still looking for one or even two new goalkeeper options, with Andre Onana and Aaron Ramsdale both being considered.
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Another for the questionable transfer stack, Cédric Soares signed with the club for good last summer.
The Portuguese international, it looked like Cedric would provide a decent backup and competition for first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.
Instead, the pair battled for form and Callum Chambers finished the season as Arteta’s preferred option for the fullback.
Cedric was also seen as an option at left-back after signing for the club (initially on loan), but when Tierney got injured last season, Cedric was once again overlooked – this time in favor of Granit Xhaka.
While not the first or second choice of right or left-back, the 29-year-old might have another chance to reclaim his place in the first team if Arsenal sell Bellerin this summer and fail. to bring in a replacement.