Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger believes that the departure of Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini would leave Arsenal without big personalities.
The trio are set to end their Arsenal careers this summer after a combined total of 641 appearances for the club and the manager had this to say about them.
“Mikel Arteta is the captain of the club and has been a great leader.
“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.
On whether the trio will be part of the Gunners’ final game of the season against Aston Villa, Wenger added: “I don’t know yet [if they will be involved against Aston Villa],” added Wenger.
Flamini who has been been a loyal servant across two spells with the club that total seven seasons. His quality has occasionally been questionable, but his commitment on the field has never been.
Arteta arrived in 2011 at a difficult point in the club’s recent history, following an 8-2 mauling at Manchester United and the double departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Arteta’s steady midfield presence and natural authority helped steady the ship.
Rosicky will be remembered with plenty of affection, not least for his knack of scoring against Tottenham. However, he’ll also be reflected upon as a player who never quite fulfilled his potential at Arsenal. Bought in 2006 as a replacement for Robert Pires, a succession of injuries has prevented him from blossoming into a pivotal figure.