Posted by admin on January 6, 2021
Mikel Arteta will sell up to eight players over the January and summer transfer windows in order to speed up his overhaul of the Arsenal squad.
Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Reiss Nelson, Callum Chambers, Folarin Balogun, Joe Willock are among those seen as dispensable as well as obvious outcasts like Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac.
The Gunners would also consider approaches for Konstantinos Mavropanos and Lucas Torreira, who have yet to return.
Arsenal will meanwhile review the situations of Granit Xhaka and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter’s contract set to run out next year.
With finances currently stretched at the Emirates, Arteta knows the wage bill must be cut to bring in players, but there is also the fact that he wants to change the mentality of the squad.
Ozil is one of those whose situation is most problematic, given his profile and wages.
The club are meanwhile mindful that it might be better to loan out Nelson and Willock, rather than sell, but their value and potential means they could serve as makeweights in deals to bring targets such as Norwich City’s Emi Buendia in.
This post was first published on GoalBall.
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