Arsenal are ready for another busy window, after Mikel Arteta admitted that “a lot had to be done” so they could continue their progress.
The Spaniard’s first full season was up and down and after moving a number of players in January, he seems closer to building a team he’s happy with.
But after the defeat by Burnley last month, the Arsenal boss was asked how far his side is from ‘Mikel Arteta’s team’: “Very far. Very, very far. ”
And then speaking earlier this month, he admitted that plans are already underway ahead of another crucial summer.
“We’re planning everything for the summer, same with the board,” he said earlier this month. “We are very clear about how we want to do it.
“We still have a lot of things to do, but we hope to get to a point where just a few things are ticking and stability exists, because that’s what you need to be consistent and competitive.”
But with Arsenal still hoping to be a model of self-sustainability, they may have to incur expenses before they arrive.
With that in mind, Mirror Sport looked at five players who could head out this summer.
Arteta strongly trusts Louise and there is no doubt that his level of play has increased under the current boss.
However, his contract should expire at the end of the season, and although there have been hints that a new deal could be offered, negotiations will not begin until the end of the season.
In Pablo Maria, Gabriel and Rob Holding, Arsenal have decent depth already at the club, and the center-back is likely an area that will look to be upgraded before the start of next season.
That could leave out the unusual Louise and although they would not receive compensation, it would be another salary.
The ball was often on Spanish soil when it came to negotiations about his future in the Emirates.
But the drop in shape, coinciding with the rise of Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers means it could be a viable option for sale this summer.
Although he is still the best right back at the club on his day, the sounds from his camp about a potential move will undoubtedly frustrate Arte.
There is a healthy list of clubs interested in acquiring Bellerino, which means the sale could really help fund their own transfer plans.
The Egyptian is probably enjoying his best season in an Arsenal jersey. That doesn’t say too much, but it showed an insight into the quality that made Arsene Wenger sign him back in 2016.
But with a year of work left and Arteta seems to prefer Granit Xhaku and Thomas Partey, this summer could signal for the last time where the Gunners can still charge a transfer for midfielder.
Similar to Elneny, unless Arsenal decide to hand Lacazette a new contract, they will be able to leave the free transfer next summer.
The Frenchman has 11 goals in the Premier League this season and has shown his importance in a 3-3 draw with West Ham over the weekend.
However, there has long been a murmur about how bosses doubt his ability to fire gunners back into a title dispute.
At the age of 29, Lacazette would probably still receive a hefty transfer fee, allowing Arteta to introduce his own replacement.
Arteta spoke in dazzling words about the skipper of England under the age of 21, but the actions spoke more than words and those actions proved that the man was on the periphery.
Nketiah has been left out of the last eight teams and has played a lone minute in his last 11 league games.
“It’s frustrating not to play, but you have to channel that frustration in a good way, use the time wisely for hard work and prepare for it when the opportunity arises,” he said while on duty in England.
An ambitious player, he will hardly be happy sitting on the sidelines. It might suit all parties to move on.
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