Arsenal will have the all-to-familiar feeling of distress around a group of players approaching the end of their existing contracts as they head into the summer.
With the club risking letting more players leave without a contract, a resolution is imperative that each is sought before the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
When the transfer window is reopened, Arsenal is said to be looking to unload the Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi center backs.
Sokratis who joined Borussia Dortmund’s Gunners in 2018 will see his contract expire next season in the Emirates.
Likewise, for his new deal, Mustafi, who has had a rejuvenated role on the side since Mikel Arteta took over, had less than 18 months left too.
Arteta is likely to be part of the defensive squad, according to The Athletic, as the Spaniard is bent on a defensive reshuffle ahead of next season.