Arsenal transfers: Five players the Gunners should sell this summer, including Mesut Ozil
Arsenal are plotting a complete overhaul of their current squad this summer, reports claim.
Gunners boss Unai Emery will reportedly sanction a clearout at the Emirates in order to fund transfers.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say the Spaniard will only have £45million to spend in the next window unless the club generate more funds from player sales.
Arsenal have made progress under Emery but improvements are still needed, particularly in defence and club legend Ray Parlour told talkSPORT he agreed that an overhaul is needed.
Here, talkSPORT.com looks at five players who may fear for their futures:
There’s only one place to start. The German’s horror show during the shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace was the latest episode in a desperately poor season.
He was at fault for two of Palace’s goals and he continues to cost Emery crucial points at an alarming rate.
The problem, you’d think, would be finding a buyer. Mustafi joined from Valencia for £35million in 2016 – and the Gunners may have to settle for a significantly smaller fee if they want to shift him.
Getting rid of Ozil would ease the pressure on Arsenal’s wage bill. The German, who has only started 18 of the club’s 34 Premier League games this season, earns a mammoth £350,000-a-week.
Emery doesn’t appear to trust him in the big games due to a perceived lack of work rate – and despite exceptional talent on his day, those days are too infrequent for someone on such huge wages.
talkSPORT.com wouldn’t go so far to describe Mkhitaryan as a flop since arriving from Manchester United in 2018, but he has certainly struggled.
He represents another player failing to justify his sizeable wage packet. The Armenian earns £180,000-a-week, which on current form, is money better spent elsewhere.
You have to feel for Welbeck. When fit, he’s the perfect back-up striker for the Gunners to support Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Unfortunately, he’s hardly ever fit. Arsenal can’t afford to keep being so generous to injury prone players and Welbeck, who has missed most of the season with a broken ankle, earns £125,000-a-week.
Harsh as it may sound, it’s time for the club to be slightly more ruthless.
Another player who Arsenal exercised great patience with throughout the Wenger era, but if it hasn’t happened after eight years, it probably never will.
The right-back was taught a lesson by Wilfried Zaha during a rare start on Sunday.
Nonetheless, there would be no shortage of clubs interested in his signature.
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