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Gunner or Goner? Sportsmail's guide to the Arsenal stars who will be in demand this summer

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06 May 2009 13:34:31

Gunner or Goner? Sportsmail's guide to the Arsenal stars who will be in demand this summer

After last night's crushing Champions League Semi-final defeat to Manchester United, Arsenal have now failed to win a major trophy in the last four seasons. Manager Arsene Wenger continues to place his faith in the youthful squad he has assembled at the Emirates since the break-up of the famous 'Invincibles' squad, but the question now is will those ambitious young stars repay that faith? Time for a chat: Arsene Wenger addresses his young squad. With the big clubs and agents hovering, it could be that arebuilding programme is about to get underway in north London -particularly if the Frenchman is forced to compromise his principlesthis summer and turn to experienced international stars in his questfor silverware. So what's next for Wenger and his young guns? And who is likely to stay and go at the Emirates this summer? Cesc FabregasThe heartbeat of Arsenal's team tasted success at last summer's European Championships with Spain, but has only won the FA Cup at Arsenal. As the old saying goes, players are remembered for what they have won and Fabregas will be only too aware of this as he reflects on another trophy-less campaign. The midfielder has five more years to run on his contract but Real Madrid are desperate to lure him to the Bernabeu. The Arsenal Captain will remain loyal to Arsene Wenger and the club for now, but he won't remain patient forever.   Verdict: Calling his agent Robin Van PersieLike Fabregas, the Dutchman has only won the FA Cup during his time at Arsenal. Van Persie has struggled with injuries since joining the club from Feyenoord in 2004, but is regarded by Wenger as world class player. Arsenal are in talks with the striker over a new contract and he is likely to spurn the chance to join Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan this summer.  Verdict: Calling his agent Emmanuel AdebayorThe Togolese striker enjoyed the most prolific form of his career last season, scoring 30 goals in 48 matches, and was rewarded with a new four year contract. However, 'Ade' has failed to rekindle his goalscoring form this year and has struggled with injuries. AC Milan and Barcelona are reportedly interested in the £30m rated striker, who could well be heading out of the exit door at the Emirates.   Verdict: Gone! Gael ClichyThe attacking left-back picked up a Premier League winners medal in 2004, making 12 appearances as Arsenal went an entire season unbeaten. Clichy has three years left on his contract and has interested Serie A sides Juventus and Roma as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, as one of Wenger's young French discoveries, he is likely to remain loyal at the Emirates.Verdict: Staying Kolo ToureArsenal's current longest serving player, Toure has won the Premier League and two FA Cups during his seven season at the club. The Ivorian has two years left on his contract and was close to joining Manchester City in the January transfer window. With time not on his side, the defender may look for a move this summer.Verdict: Calling his agent Tomas RosickyThe Czech midfielder has failed to win a major honour since joining Arsenal from Dortmund in 2006. Rosicky made a bright start to his Arsenal career but has not made a first team appearance since January 2008 due to a hamstring injury. With his contract running out this summer, the 28-year-old is likely to be released.Verdict: Gone!  This team has gone backwards - Adebayor pleads for Arsene to spend to stop the Arsenal rotPICTURE SPECIAL: Arsenal star's late-night Bendtner sees Nicklas drop his trousers after Gunners' pants Euro displayHATCHET MAN: Wise up Wenger - buy now or lose Fabregas, Adebayor, van Persie - and a whole lot moreARSENAL FC


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