Arsenal’s 2023/24 retained list revealed with £18.9m double deal to be confirmed

Arsenal have given clarity on the futures of Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but there is still a lot of work to be done before Mikel Arteta completes his first-team squad for the 2023/24 season.

The latter, who spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Southampton, revealed in April that he was set to leave the Gunners when his contract expires at the end of this month and there was official confirmation of his impending departure – along with 12. other players across the men’s and women’s first team squads as well as U23 and U18 – Friday morning.

And in a pre-recorded message, Maitland-Niles bids an emotional farewell as his long association with his boyhood club comes to an end: “Words can’t describe how I feel to be honest, it’s been a very emotional journey,” he said. “Having supported the club’s growth and come through the ranks, I can only be happy with what I have achieved since I have been here.

“I’ve seen a lot of players come and go and play with a lot of great players during my time here. Sadly it has to come to an end but I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve been here playing and working for this club.

“The cup wins would probably be the best moments for me, obviously some of the domestic seasons weren’t that great but at least I won some trophies with the club that I love. The FA Cup final was a great day that will always stuck in my mind and I was happy to be part of the team that won it.

“There have been some lifelong relationships that I have built since I have been here. I can only be grateful for the people who have come into my life and helped me since I have been here at the club. I will always be here to support the team and the boys and hopefully they can win something in the future.To all the supporters out there just stay true to the team.They have come very very far this season and it has been great to see Once a Gunner, always a Gunner!”

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A notable absentee from Arsenal’s release list is Reiss Nelson, as his deal is also due to expire at the same time as Maitland-Niles. Although the club have communicated that a new contract has been offered to the Hale End Academy graduate and that negotiations are ongoing.

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