Mikel Arteta is reported to be planning a major overhaul of his Arsenal squad this summer with four big-name players all tipped to be sold off to the highest bidder.
Former Man City No 2 Arteta was brought in as Unai Emery’s replacement on December 20, but clearly has a massive job on his hands with Arsenal so far winning just six of their 25 Premier League matches played this season.
The Gunners currently sit 10 points adrift of the top four and face missing out on the Champions League places for a fourth successive season, and leading Arteta to realise that drastic measures need to be taken.
And according to The Sun, Arsenal’s record of one win in seven since his arrival have seen Arteta earmark big-name stars Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng and Alexandre Lacazette for the exit door.
It’s claimed that Arteta is aware that he needs to offload their highest earners in order to re-invest in his squad and plans to buy upcoming talents, as opposed established names, in order to rejuvenate their flagging fortunes.
The departures of Ozil and Luiz will perhaps come as little surprise to supporters, with former Germany playmaker Ozil struggling to recapture his best form and often being left out by previous boss Emery.
The potential sales of Lacazette and Aubameyang would perhaps raise some eyebrows given their importance to Arsenal, and the Gunners would not be short of takers for either of their prolific frontmen. Barcelona are said to be leading the chase for Aubameyang, after this revelation from their director of football Eric Abidal just this week.
Arteta plans to build his side around outstanding young talents of Gabriel Martinelli, Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba, while also calling on the numerous other outstanding youngsters at his disposal.
In addition, the Daily Mail claims Arteta wants to bring in three big signings, with two midfielders and a centre-back on the wishlist.
Whilst the article does not mention specific names for defensive additions, Arteta is strongly believed to have targeted a deal for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu and wants a deal wrapped up before Turkey’s participation at Euro 2020.