Three Arsenal first-teamers that need to leave this summer

Arsenal’s form in the second half of this season will give the Emirates Stadium faithful hope that their team can put forward a realistic and consistent title challenge next term.

The Gunners have started to look like one of the most-rounded teams in the Premier League, with solid options across the park and a number of superstar performers starting to showcase their quality.

Although the north London club have a poor record when it comes to injuries, when everyone is fit and firing Arsene Wenger has an impressive squad to select from.

With a new face or two expected at the club ahead of next season also, some of the current first-team squad will be evaluating just how much regular action they are likely to receive in 2015-16.

As such the likes of Lukas Podolski, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott will be considering whether their futures lie elsewhere.

However, here are three Gunners players that would be best advised to seek out a summer move.

Jack Wilshere

It has been another frustrating season for Arsenal’s homegrown posterboy, with Wilshere spending the bulk of the campaign injured and on the sidelines.

This is nothing new for the England international, who has shown his significant abilities in fleeting glimpses throughout his career but has never stayed consistently fit enough to star over the space of a full campaign.

However, despite his continued injury woes, Wilshere’s place in the Arsenal first-team now looks under serious threat – even if he does get back to somewhere near his best.

The current partnership between Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla has looked ideal in composition, with the duo a key reason for Arsenal’s excellent recent form.

With Aaron Ramsey also in the mix to play in central midfield, Wilshere may well feel that it is time for a fresh start elsewhere.

Mikel Arteta

The veteran Spaniard has been another Arsenal player that has spent more time on the treatment table than the pitch this season, with Arteta’s future a point of contention as a result.

The former Everton playmaker is out of contract in the summer and as such should be considering a move elsewhere to guarantee him regular football next season.

Arteta should look at the example of fellow midfielder Rosicky as a key example, as the Czech star has been marginalised this season.

For Arteta to avoid the same fate, a move elsewhere on a free transfer this summer makes sense for the player.

Wojciech Szczesny

After one too many mistakes, Szczesny has been dropped by Wenger and now looks set to continue his new role as back-up goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.

David Ospina has taken his opportunity to play with both hands and looks like a much more secure and safe option than the Polish stopper currently.

With transfer rumours linking Arsenal with new goalkeepers continuing to do the rounds, 25-year-old Szczesny would be bet advised to follow the lead of his countryman Lukasz Fabianski and move elsewhere to play.

Like his compatriot, a move to a new club could enliven his career and give him a chance to prove his worth.