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Not Bendtner, not Giroud: Three players with uncertain futures at Arsenal

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As Arsenal have promised further spending in the summer, we take a look at three players that have it all to do, if they are to remain involved at the club next season.

In what should be Arsenal's best season for a long time, it seems to have only gone a tickled their taste buds for success in the immediate future.

The Gunners are in a magnificent position to win their first trophy since 2005, heading into the FA Cup semi-final with a bottom-half Premier League side, a Championship side and a League One side standing in their way of silverware.

No cup is a foregone conclusion, however, serious questions would need to be asked if Wenger is to fail with what he has left.

With their drive and hunger for success growing, we take a look at three players, that if they're to remain at Arsenal, need to step up their game. Not included are Nicklas Bendtner, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and Olivier Giroud, who if sold would leave Arsenal in even more of a quandry up front.

Thomas Vermaelen

In 2012, the Belgium international was named Arsenal captain, replacing Robin Van Persie upon his departure to Manchester United. Since his arrival in 2009, he has gone on to earn a lot of praise for his performances at the Emirates, however, last season he wasn't been good enough and found himself dropped.

This season the 28-year-old, he has found it nigh on impossible to break down the partnership of Koscielny and Mertesacker, who have been instrumental in Arsenal's lofty league position.

With rumours already linking Vermaelen away from the Emirates, I believe, unless he breaks into the first-team and proves himself then I think he will move on in the summer.

Ignasi Miquel

The Spanish under-21 defender has found life difficult since moving to Championship league leaders Leicester City on loan, playing in just 6 league games this season.

The former Barcelona youngster looked to be building a promising career at the Emirates and in the past two seasons where had had been a member of the Arsenal first-team, he had game time to his name; unlike a lot of the other promising Arsenal youngsters.

Whether it's the way Leicester City play, or it is a case of not being better than the competition, it's quite surprising just how his loan spell at the King Power Stadium has turned out.

With 11 games left, Leicester City are comfortable leaders in the Championship and it would take a record-breaking meltdown for them to finish outside the top 2. Therefore, I believe Miquel should be looking to at least get some game time in the blue of Leicester before the season finishes.

Benik Afobe

Another highly-rated young Arsenal star could seal his fate, depending on how well he does out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

Unfortunately, it's fair to say his loan move hasn't gone exactly to plan and at the moment he is nothing more than a impact player from the bench in the lower division.

Last night, Sheffield Wednesday hammered Harry Redknapp's side 3-0 at home, although for Afobe it proved to be nothing more than a 7-minute run out at the end of the game.

I imagine, unless he can at least prove himself worthy of a lower mid-table Championship side, that his prospects of cracking the Arsenal first-team are pretty low.

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