Arsenal confirm seven exits

English Premier League

Arsenal have announced the release of seven players upon the expiry of their contracts with the Premier League club.

After finishing the season in fifth-place and losing to London rivals Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League final, the Gunners have acted swiftly for ahead of a squad revamp under manager Unai Emery.

The Spaniard displayed some early promise in his debut season after replacing club icon Arsene Wenger, who spent two decades in the managerial hotseat.

However, their end of form results flattered to deceive as the ultimately finished outside the Champions League qualifcation spots.

Now the club have confirmed that Cohen Bramall, Charlie Gilmour, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Julio Pleguezuelo, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech have all been released.

Cech looks set to rejoin former club Chelsea in a possible coaching role while Ramsey has already secured  a lucrative switch to Juventus.

"We thank them all for their contributions to the club and we wish them every future success," read a statement on the club's website.

More transfer business is expected to take place in the coming weeks with star players Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Carl Jenkinson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny, Callum Chambers and David Ospina all linked with off-season exits.