Arsenal are already preparing to put five players up for sale this summer, as they try to free up room on the wage bill to reinvest in upgrades.
Football.London report that Mohamed Elneny, Carl Jenkinson, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all set to be on Arsenal’s transfer list this summer.
Zenit St. Petersburg have already shown an interest in Mkhitaryan, and the suggestion is that Arsenal expect a number of offers from Premier League suitors for Chambers. The other three are likely to be a tougher sell, particularly Jenkinson, who has been on the market before.
Those five won’t be the only Arsenal players to leave. Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner are all set to depart on free transfers, whilst Petr Cech is retiring. David Ospina seems likely to make his loan transfer to Napoli permanent, even if the club are avoiding activating his 25-game mandatory purchase clause as it stands.
That means a minimum of four senior players off the wage bill, but the total is likely to be closer to seven or eight. Hopefully, that should free up space for Arsenal to reinvest, especially if the club qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Let’s see what happens.