The four Arsenal players whose deals end in 2015 - Who should stay?

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Arsenal have big decisions to make regarding four of their current senior players.

Four Arsenal players are now in the final year of their current contract, so who is likely to be handed an extension and who looks set for the exit in less than 12 months?

Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini all have contracts that expire in the summer of 2015, and with players able to negotiate pre-contract agreements from January onwards, Arsene Wenger is likely to use the next four months to tie down anyone he hopes to keep for the long term.

Of the four players above, new club captain Arteta is surely the one player who is all but certain to be offered a new deal. The Spaniard continues to impress and recent reports have suggested the 32-year-old will be offered a new deal in the next few months.

Coquelin is far less likely to see an extension, with the 23-year-old at the age when first-team football should be a regular occurrence rather than a pipe-dream.

A recent loan spell in Germany gave him the game-time he deserves and he performed well for SC Freiburg; but a new deal would come as a surprise given that if Wenger really saw a place for him in this Arsenal side, he would have given it to him by now, especially with defensive midfield being the one area the Gunners need to strengthen.

Flamini could go either way, with his age and his impact since his return suggesting a new deal is very much a possibility, but the fact that Wenger may spend big on a new defensive midfielder next summer suggesting game-time could be considerably lessened for the 30-year-old.

While the toughest decision for Wenger is likely to be that regarding Diaby, with the injury-stricken midfielder a fan favourite but a player who has rarely been seen in recent times. A pay-as-you-play deal could be the most likely option for the 28-year-old.

Likely to stay: Arteta, Flamini

Likely to leave: Coquelin, Diaby (or to remain on a pay-as-you-play deal)

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