Arsenal are set to lose five first-team squad members this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to recoup funds for a spending spree. That’s according to a report in Football.London, claiming the Gunners are plotting a squad overhaul.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to crack the whip and offload a string of first-team squad members this summer, claims football.london.
The Gunners are set for a busy summer, not least due to the uncertainty surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The club captain will become a free agent in the summer of 2021, and Arsenal are desperate to avoid losing him on a free.
Manchester United are believed to be interested and are mulling over the possibility of making a £50million bid for the Gabonese striker.
Elsewhere, they are set to offload five members of the first-team squad in an attempt to raise money.
Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all claimed to be on the market.
Mustafi was linked with an exit during the January transfer window, but the Gunners opted to keep the German.
He then went on to play five straight Premier League matches as Arteta’s side went unbeaten.
Papastathopoulos is also expected to leave, as Arsenal will have new centre-back pairing Pablo Mari and William Saliba joining in the summer.
The Greek defender has barely played since the turn of the year, and is expected to be moved on to make space.
Sokratis and Mustafi aren’t the only two defenders set to leave, as Arsenal will reportedly let Kolasinac go provided their asking price is met.
Kolasinac is currently third in the pecking order behind fellow left-backs Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka.
Like Sokratis, he has barely played since the turn of the year, only appearing three times since mid-December.
Arsenal currently have two players out on loan who are expected to leave – Mkhitaryan and Elneny.
In Mkhitaryan’s case, AS Roma are keen to sign him permanently and will likely do so in the summer for roughly £10m.
Elneny, too, could see his stay at Besiktas made permanent, meaning the Gunners will have a hefty transfer kitty as Arteta plots his squad overhaul.