After missing out on Europe for the first time in 25 years, Arteta is putting the wheels into motion for a mass clear-out at the Emirates with six first team players ‘transfer listed’
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Missing out on European competition for the first time in 25 years was not the start Mikel Arteta wanted for his first full season as Arsenal manager.
The Spaniard saw his Gunners side finish in eighth position as individual errors and some horrifying spells of form resulted in the North Londoners even missing out on the newly formed Europa Conference League.
As well as the disappointing league finish, Arteta’s side were also knocked out in the semi-finals of the Europa League, as eventual champions Villarreal overcame the Gunners 2-1 on aggregate.
A season full of frustration has called for a complete overhaul of the squad, which has seen Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Ben White join the Gunners for £50 million.
Bellerin (left) is believed to be one of six players Arsenal want to move on this summer.
Talented youngsters Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga have also arrived from Benfica and Anderlecht respectively for a combined £25 million, taking Arsenal’s total transfer spend this summer to £75 million.
While the Gunners have gone big in the market so far, their transfer business is far from over as Arteta wants to add a new goalkeeper and fill the creative midfield void vacated by last season’s loanee Martin Odegaard, who was retained by parent club Real Madrid.
However, before any extra new signings are unveiled at the Emirates, the Gunners will need to free up more space in their squad.
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As reported by The Daily Express, Arsenal have transfer listed six first team stars as they look to generate more transfer funds.
Hector Bellerin is arguably the most significant player to be put up for sale, with Inter Milan allegedly waiting in the wings to end the Spaniard’s ten year stay at the Emirates.
It is also believed Arsenal technical director Edu is trying to flog Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future with Arteta’s side also appears to be finite.
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White’s £50 million move is currently Arsenal’s biggest transfer deal of the summer
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Eddie Nketiah also looks to be available to the highest bidder with the 22-year-old entering the final 12 months of his contract.
His former academy colleague Reiss Nelson, who was sent out on loan to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in the 2018-19 season, is allegedly wanted by former Arsenal captain and new Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, who is leading a footballing revolution of his own at Selhurst Park.
Meanwhile, Willian’s move to Arsenal is a deal which simply hasn’t worked for all parties, though the Brazilian could be hard to shift on his mammoth £200,000-per-week wages.
Arteta is hopeful that offloading just some of his fringe men can bolster his transfer kitty.
Aaron Ramsdale is reported to be the goalkeeper Arsenal desire most, but the £40 million price tag his club Sheffield United have put on his head could be a stumbling block.
They are also believed to be very interested in signing Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, but any deal for the 24-year-old could cost an eye-watering £75 million.
The Gunners suffered a frustrating 2-1 pre-season defeat to arch-rivals Chelsea on Sunday at the Emirates.
Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham scored either side of Granit Xhaka’s accurate second half header.
Arsenal will kick off the 2021-22 campaign with a trip to newly promoted Brentford.
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