Arsene Wenger says he doesn’t yet know if Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky or Mathieu Flamini will play in the final game of the season against Aston Villa, but he has paid tribute to their contributions as their playing contracts expire.
The three are set to leave the Emirates this summer, and it would be nice if they could play a part in Aston Villa match, however the Arsenal manager was unsure if they’d be in the squad.
“I don’t know yet,” he said when asked if they would be participating, before speaking about their impact on the club.
“Mikel Arteta is the captain of the club and has been a great leader,” he said.
“Tomas Rosicky has been with us for 10 years and I think everybody loves him as well. Mathieu Flamini has been an extremely strong leader on the pitch and off the pitch. We lose three big personalities.
“All of these players will have to decide if they go on in their careers as a football player or a coach.”
When asked if they were definitely leading, he quipped, “That depends what you mean by definitely! Nobody definitely leaves Arsenal, ever.
“They all come back, always.”
We all float down here.
Mathieu Flamini: 2004-2008 & 2013-2016
Two goal salvos at White Hart Lane: 1
Tomas Rosicky 2006-2016
Slide tackles: 4,850
Passes with the outside of his boot: 12,395
Mikel Arteta 2011-2016
Teeth lost: 1
FA Cups lifted as skipper: 1
Hairs out of place: 0
Good luck to them.