Mikel Arteta’s summer transfer revolution as six players Raul Sanllehi to sell

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Mikel Arteta has already had a big impact on life at Arsenal.

The Spaniard, who took over from Unai Emery in December, has only suffered one defeat in that time, although there have been a number of draws as he tries to impart his ways on the Gunners team.

They have had back-to-back home wins in the Premier League however, to bring themselves back into top four contention.

According to a report in The Sun in January, though, Arteta has been closely observing his team and has come to the conclusion that significant changes are needed at the end of the season.

But before they can buy anyone, they would likely have to balance the books by shifting some players out of the door.

With that in mind, we take a look at the stars who could be sold in the summer transfer window.

Shkodran Mustafi

There may be a salvageable player in there for another club but Arsenal and Mustafi no longer look like a pairing that works well together.

The draw with Chelsea typified that, there were moments of bravery and quality but they all came after a cataclysmic error that left his side a goal and a man down.

In the past the likes of Monaco have tried to convince Mustafi to depart Arsenal early but he has indicated he is willing to see out his £90,000-a-week contract.

As such the Gunners may have to subsidise his wages to move the German on but that may not be the worst idea.

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Arsenal are not exactly short on promising centre-backs, even though some of their defending has left a lot to be desired in recent seasons.

Mikel Arteta will have William Saliba to call upon next season, while Pablo Mari is expected to sign a permanent deal too. So where does that leave Mavropanos?

He was highly-regarded, but has spent this season out on loan with Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, and while he has shown some impressive performances in Germany, it would be best for all parties if the youngster was moved on.

Sead Kolasinac

There were signs of progress under Mikel Arteta but the harsh reality is Kolasinac hasn’t really fulfilled his potential since joining from Schalke in 2017.

Arsenal’s interest in Layvin Kurzawa tells you everything you need to know about their view of the Bosnian international.

With two years left on his contract the 26-year-old could deliver Arsenal a healthy fee, something which has to be a serious consideration for the club hierarchy as they prepare for a fourth season outside the Champions League.

Mohamed Elneny

By all accounts the Egyptian international has impressed Besiktas during his loan spell in Istanbul.

Arsenal should merely view that as a way of getting more bang for their buck from Elneny, a player who has never quie looked up to scratch since joining in 2016.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

There is an argument that Arsenal could do with an experienced option like the Armenian this season, someone who could consistently put in 7/10 performances from the bench or as an alternative starter.

And yet Mkhitaryan has hardly pulled up trees in Roma, making just four Serie A starts in a season where his gametime has been limited by muscular injuries.

Simply finding a way to get Mkhitaryan off the wage bill would be a significant boon to Arsenal

The Armenian is the second-highest earner at the club and the Gunners will owe him around £10million for the final season of his contract in 2020/21.

Mesut Ozi

The big one.

There is always speculation around the German’s future at the club and this summer is set to be no different.

There have been impressive flashes from Ozil since Arteta’s appointment – his expected assists increasing from 0.02xA per 90 between November 8 and December 25 to 0.15xA since. However those are hardly the figures of a player who earns over 50% more than anyone else in the squad.

If Ozil were to leave in the summer Arsenal could save £18.2million in wages – the sort of sum that should encourage the club to be on the lookout for any deal.


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