Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not yet agreed a new deal but he isn’t the only one who is out of contract next summer. Players with only one year left on their contract could give us an indication of who might leave this summer.

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lifts the trophy after winning the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 29, 2020. - Arsenal won the match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 in normal time. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lifts the trophy after winning the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 29, 2020. – Arsenal won the match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 in normal time. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP)

When Raul Sanllehi arrived at the club he made it clear no players would be allowed to enter into their final year of their contract. When they got to two years they would be renewed or sold.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way as we saw only too clearly with Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka who were both allowed to run theirs down.

Thankfully, Saka has renewed his contract, got the number 7 shirt and a nice tasty payrise.

All indications are that Aubameyang will also renew. We are just waiting for the club to announce it.

What Arsenal players are out of contract next summer?

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth jumps past a tackle from Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth jumps past a tackle from Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

In total, there are six players out of contract next summer and it appears that the club only really wants to keep one of them long-term – Aubameyang.

Matt Macey signed a one-year deal to keep him at the club until 2021, but it is unlikely the club will renew after that unless something drastic happens to both the other keepers at the club and his ability.

As we’ve just given him that deal he probably won’t be sold this summer, thus leaving in 2021 for free.

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta (R) celebrates with Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in London, on August 1, 2020. - Arsenal won the match 2-1. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
(Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal also activated their one-year option to keep David Luiz at the club, much to the dismay of many supporters. That means he’s free to leave in 2021.

Both Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are also out of contract next summer meaning Arsenal face the prospect of losing at least three centrebacks over the course of the next 12 months (they also want to sell Rob Holding and Calum Chambers).

Arsenal are trying to sell both this summer but Sokratis may or may not want to leave and Mustafi is only just off crutches.

Finally, Mesut Ozil’s deal also runs out next summer but the club have found it impossible to move him on due to his astronomical wages. There has been talk of the club paying him off just to make him go away for reasons that didn’t seem to make sense until recently.

He’s wanted in Turkey, but they don’t have the money to buy him, and it’s hard to see him not just waiting out the final year of his deal which would be a real shame if he’s going to be used as little as he has been this season.

Ozil wants Arteta to play him and, from what I can determine, Arteta wants to do just that.

The order not to, it seems, is coming down from on high and seeing such a talented player’s career fizzle out like this is sad, to say the least.

Ozil did, apparently, feature for Arsenal in their pre-season game against Aston Villa, so perhaps there is hope yet…

Arsenal contracts and wages

 PLAYER (28)   POS.  AGE  ANNUAL SALARY   WEEKLY SALARY  Contract expires Market value Arsenal paid +/-  % 
 Mesut Ozil   M  31  £   18,200,000  £  350,000 2021 10.80 42.30 -31.50          25.53
 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   F  31  £   10,400,000  £  200,000 2021 50.40 57.38 -6.98          87.84
 Willian   F  32  £   10,000,000  £  192,308 2023 20.25 0.00 20.25       100.00
 Alexandre Lacazette   F  29  £     9,467,273  £  182,063 2022 43.20 47.70 -4.50          90.57
 David Luiz   D  33  £     6,240,000  £  120,000 2021 7.20 7.83 -0.63          91.95
 Hector Bellerin   D  25  £     5,720,000  £  110,000 2023 28.80 0.45 28.35    6,400.00
 Dani Cebalos   M  24  £     5,800,000  £  111,538 2021 0.00 0.00 0.00       100.00
 Nicolas Pepe   F  25  £     5,450,000  £  105,000 2024 40.50 72.00 -31.50          56.25
 Sead Kolasinac   D  27  £     5,200,000  £  100,000 2022 14.40 0.00 14.40       100.00
 Bernd Leno   GK  28  £     5,200,000  £  100,000 2023 28.80 22.50 6.30       128.00
 Granit Xhaka   M  27  £     5,200,000  £  100,000 2023 21.60 40.50 -18.90          53.33
 Sokratis Papastathopoulos   D  32  £     4,784,000  £    92,000 2021 7.20 14.40 -7.20          50.00
 Shkodran Mustafi   D  28  £     4,680,000  £    90,000 2021 13.50 36.90 -23.40          36.59
 Lucas Torreira   M  24  £     3,900,000  £    75,000 2023 27.00 25.79 1.21       104.69
 Kieran Tierney   D  23  £     3,900,000  £    75,000 2024 25.50 24.20 1.30       105.37
 Calum Chambers   D  25  £     2,600,000  £    50,000 2022 13.05 18.21 -5.16          71.66
 Mohamed Elneny   M  28  £     2,600,000  £    50,000 2022 4.50 11.25 -6.75          40.00
 Matteo Guendouzi   M  21  £     2,080,000  £    40,000 2022 28.80 7.20 21.60       400.00
 Wiliam Saliba   D  19  £     2,080,000  £    40,000 2024 20.25 27.00 -6.75          75.00
 Ainsley Maitland-Niles   M  22  £     1,820,000  £    35,000 2023 13.05 0.00 13.05       100.00
 Gabriel Magalhaes   D  22  £     1,800,000  £    34,615 2025 18.00 23.40 -5.40          76.92
 Gabriel Martinelli   F  19  £     1,560,000  £    30,000 2024 22.50 6.03 16.47       373.13
 Bukayo Saka   F  18  £     1,560,000  £    30,000 2024 31.50 0.00 31.50       100.00
 Rob Holding   D  24  £     1,300,000  £    25,000 2023 8.50 2.70 5.80       314.81
 Konstantinos Mavropanos   D  22  £     1,300,000  £    25,000 2023 2.16 1.89 0.27       114.29
 Emiliano Martinez   GK  27  £     1,040,000  £    20,000 2022 7.20 1.35 5.85       533.33
 Cedric Soares   D  28  ?   ?  2024 7.20 0.00 7.20       100.00
 Pablo Mari   D  26  ?   ?  2024 4.32 7.20 -2.88          60.00
 Eddie Nketiah   F  21  ?   ?  2022 13.50 0.00 13.50       100.00
 Reiss Nelson   F  26  ?   ?  2023 11.25 0.00 11.25       100.00
 Joe Willock   M  21  ?   ?  2023 14.40 0.00 14.40       100.00
 Matt Macey   GK  25  ?   ?  2021 0.225 0.126 0.10       178.57
 Emile Smith Rowe   M  20  ?   ?  2023 7.20 4.23 2.97       170.21
                   
            566.76 502.54 64.22