These three Arsenal players are out of contract in just six months

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Could the Arsenal trio be heading for pastures new in 2017?

Arsenal are currently flying high in the Premier League, finding themselves just three points behind leaders Chelsea heading into the festive period.

With January just around the corner, Gunners fans will be hoping to see some quality new signings in the upcoming transfer window, but three Arsenal players will be wondering if this is their final year at the club.

Much of the talk about contracts at the Emirates Stadium has centred around Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. However three players have deals that expire at the end of the current campaign, rather than in 2018.

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla in action with Burnley's George Boyd

Santi Cazorla

The player most likely to be offered a new deal – although it is worrying how close he is getting to becoming a free agent – Santi Cazorla continues to prove his importance to this Arsenal side.

The Spaniard played 11 times this season prior to an ankle injury, and at 31 he still has much to offer at the top level.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker looks dejected at the end of the match

Per Mertesacker

German defender Per Mertesacker could well be heading out of North London in the summer, given the defensive options now at Arsenal.

The big centre-back has been criticised for his lack of pace and injury problems have played a major role in recent times.

Yaya Sanogo

French forward Yaya Sanogo arrived at Arsenal with a big reputation but one goal in just 20 appearances has not exactly set hearts racing.

He is not of the sufficient quality for a side challenging both domestically and in Europe and he will surely move on at the end of his current deal.

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