Arteta could offload as many as six Arsenal first-teamers this summer after being concerned by slow start

A big summer of change ahead at Arsenal?

It could be a busy summer for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta is reportedly concerned by the slow start made by his squad since he took over from Unai Emery in December.

According to football.london, the Spanish tactician has been left unimpressed by some players and as many as six could be offloaded at the end of this season.

The players listed by football.london’s report are: Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, most worryingly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

All of these sales would depend on certain factors, the report says, but it’s made clear that they are all names Arteta would consider letting go in the right circumstances.

We have to hope something can be done about Aubameyang, with football.london mentioning interest from Barcelona and explaining that Arsenal would ideally avoid losing him for free as he approaches the final year of his contract.

The Gabon international has been a superb performer since joining us in January 2018 and it would be hugely damaging to see our top scorer leave when he’s one of the few players who’s really performed at a good enough level this season.

7 Comments

  1. Mogunna says:

    What about Xhaka, Ozil, Luiz and co? If Auba is also in these 6, no one can play for Arsenal!

    Arteta must show what he can do with players he has there until end of season!

    His wrong team formation is what cost us point, all the draws show that something is wrong in formation! Too defensive indeed, no transition in middle and forward because 2 midfields are focused in defense!

    If Arteta is incapable to realise this, he is a total failure in coach, but a great assistant to get players ready, in right place mentally.

    Problem, they can’t play in such formation! Makes all hos work useless!

    1. Gabie says:

      @ Magunna shut up as we can all see you are lack of football brains just like Unai. You are failing the see the contributions the players do on the pitch . You are disgusting I think I must not say much . Auba scored 14 goals but failing to see

  2. Mogunna says:

    He is the one to offload so far! A catastrophy when it comes to formation, explains results. If most players positionned to defend, we do so and under pressure all game long! I result we draw, lucky to not lose!

  3. Sean says:

    Lacazette is another who’s contract is running down aswell as Mesuts. Both wont be signing a new one along with Auba so all 3 could be gone in the summer.

    We said we will sell and nobody will be going on a free again. Something has to give because if not for only Aubas goals as Mesut and Laca havnt did much, we would be in serious trouble.

    Arsenal need a revamp and big casualties will happen but on the bright side new players coming in, everyone can be replaced eventually as nobody is bigger than the club.

    Arteta has to do what he can until the summer. Saliba is already on his way so that’s a positive start. Tierney will get a pre season along with Hector after their injuries. Add another CB with some funds and that is a great start for next seasons rebuild in defence.

    Mari could be signed permantly but all depends on how he performs. If he does then both Papa and Luiz can go! Holding and Chambers are there also.

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      Ozil and Lacazette have an extra year so Auba has to be dealt with first – and I do think that he will be upfront with the team about his wishes.

      Depending on what Arteta and mgmt think of Lacazette they may well make a move earlier than later. I suspect not though as I think that Auba will want to see what else is out there. time will tell.

      Ozil is a different situation because of his wages and play. I don’t think his play has been as awful as some, but not at his current rate. He is too expensive for what he does. Based on that, the only way that he will leave early is if we agree to eat salary and another team will pick him up, maybe for free. Maybe the saving in salary is worth it for the longer term but he will only be leaving at a financial loss.

      As well, not sure that Arteta shares some of our views about Ozil – don’t think he is under any pressure to play certain people, he may feel that he doesn’t have another option at present. Maybe we will get a better sense after the break.

      And maybe, if we don’t make something of a push in the next few weeks he will experiment with more of the youngsters – if we can’t get to European places then we may as well try out some different people and see what happens. I really don’t care about placing except for Europe or relegation (and I don’t think that we are in danger there).

  4. Ebube says:

    Better go for hakim ziyech ahead of chelsea

  5. Roshan says:

    To be honest I would sell all of them – Auba (50m), Laca(45m), Ozil, Kolasinic(30m), Xhaka (30m) and the dead weight.

    We need to focus on youth and bring in some young hungry players. People might say we can’t rely on them but our older player bar Auba have not really delivered.

    CB: Matvyienko $30m, Maghalles $30m
    CM: Pape Gueye $5m, Szoboszlai $20m
    AM: Houssem Aouar $50m

    Leno
    Bellerin Salilba Maghalles Tierney
    Torreira Aouar Szoboszlai
    Pepe Martinelli Saka

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