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Arsenal are planning a summer review that could see them part ways with nine first-team stars, a report from Sun. claim (es.
The north London team finished the previous season on a good note as they won the FA Cup and secured their place in the Europa League.
It was anticipated that they would start and push for Champions League places in the Premier League this period, but that has clearly not been the case.
The Gunners have been inconsistent with their displays for most of the season and are currently languishing in 10th place, eight points behind the top four.
Whatever happens for the rest of the season, the club is sure to make changes to the squad and it is reported that up to nine players could be heading towards the starting gate.
The club has been affected economically due to the coronavirus pandemic and recently took a short term loan of £ 120 million from the Bank of England to manage some of the losses.
They recently cut their wage bill by around £ 532,000 a week after releasing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi from their contracts.
Sead Kolasinac, William Saliba, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were also recently loaned and it is reported that it will save them around £ 16.5 million for the season.
Still, they are interested in shedding a number of stars to recoup funding for new signings, as well as landing Dani Ceballos, Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard (currently on loan) in permanent deals.
Alexandre Lacazette, who will enter the final year of his contract this summer, could head out the door alongside David Luiz. The gunners have yet to open negotiations on a new deal for the Brazilian beyond June.
Elsewhere, the loan duo Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are not in Arteta’s plans and it is suggested that they could be sold for £ 25 million each after their return from Atlético and Hertha respectively.
Kolasinac is likely to leave for a nominal fee when he enters the final year of his contract, while local stars Willock, Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson are also tied to potential exits.
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The Gunners have experienced another difficult season in the Premier League and could miss the top four in the fifth season on the rebound unless they have a sublime winning streak in the last 14 games.
They can qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League this season, but that is far from guaranteed with stiff competition from players like Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan, among others.
Failure to return to elite European competition may cause them to miss at least £ 50 million in additional revenue and that would directly affect your transfer business for the summer transfer window.
The club have done well in recruiting some top-notch players in recent transfer windows with the use of quotas, but mounting debt due to this may contribute to a review of the mini-squad later this year.
In the meantime, the club can also focus on bringing in new signings and it won’t be a surprise if some young players, including Nelson and Nketiah, sell out, given they have barely appeared with Arteta in recent months.