The first-team squad that will fight for the Premier League championship in 2022–2023 is beginning to take shape, after the announcement that Alexandre Lacazette would be departing Arsenal in the near future and the extension of Mohamed Elneny’s contract.
After the final whistle rang in Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season against Everton at the Emirates Stadium, all eyes went to the aforementioned two, as well as Eddie Nketiah, whose fates needed to be decided before the summer transfer market opened. During this time, Eddie Nketiah was also a hot topic.
Mikel Arteta said at his post-match news conference that “awkward” choices had already been taken, and they have subsequently been revealed in two separate announcements during the previous week. All three players were in the last month of their Arsenal contracts at the time, and Arteta indicated the choices had already been made.
Elneny, who was witnessed by football.london signing a new deal after the Toffees were thrashed 5-1, could not hide his delight when officially signing a new one-year contract with an option to extend. The player’s contract may be extended for a second year under this agreement.
“I like this club and I feel like part of this family,” he remarked in an interview with Arsenal Media.
“I’m ecstatic and excited for the future,” she added. “I want to continue working at this amazing club with this incredible family.”
Then it was announced on the first Friday of June, precisely 27 days before his contract was set to expire, that Lacazette would be departing the club at the end of the month. The Frenchman’s five-year stay in north London is drawing to a close after 206 appearances in all competitions and 71 goals.
Nketiah, on the other hand, is the only first-team Arsenal player who isn’t officially under contract for next season until an official announcement is made. According to recent rumours, he is close to signing a new contract that would keep him in Arteta’s plans for the foreseeable future.
More players who are known to be under contract with the club next season are likely to look for greener pastures elsewhere. As another hectic summer transfer window approaches for the Gunners, players like Bernd Leno, Nuno Tavares, and Nicolas Pepe, as well as numerous members of the loan army, are expected to go either on loan or permanently.
Since the end of the last season, there has been some clarity regarding the fates of Elneny, Lacazette, and Nketiah; it will be interesting to see who else Arteta chooses to sell or keep during the summer. After that, let’s take a look at the Arsenal first-team players who are still under contract for the next season.
Arsenal first-team players under contract for 2022/23
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (2023), Arthur Okonkwo (2024), Alex Runarsson (2024), Aaron Ramsdale (2025)
Defenders: Hector Bellerin (2023), William Saliba (2024), Pablo Mari (2024), Cedric (2024), Rob Holding, (2024), Auston Trusty (2024), Takehiro Tomiyasu (2025), Gabriel Magalhaes (2025), Nuno Tavares (2025), Kieran Tierney (2026), Benjamin White (2026)
Midfielders: Lucas Torreira (2023), Reiss Nelson (2023), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (2023), Mohamed Elneny (2024), Bukayo Saka, (2024), Granit Xhaka (2024), Martin Odegaard (2025), Thomas Partey (2025), Emile Smith Rowe (2026), Albert Sambi Lokonga (2026)
Forwards: Gabriel Martinelli (2024), Nicolas Pepe (2024), Folarin Balogun (2025)
Out of contract – decision not yet confirmed