Arsenal are looking for buyers for Carl Jenkinson, Mohamed Elneny, Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Özil this summer, according to a report.
Goal claim Arsenal are looking for buyers for Jenkinson and Elneny, whilst also encouraging offers for Mustafi and Mkhitaryan. The same is true of Özil, but they view him as harder to shift given his desire to stay and a reported lack of outside interest.
In the case of Jenkinson and Elneny, this isn’t exactly surprising. The pair have seven Premier League starts for the season combined, and neither have particularly impressed in that limited game time. Jenkinson only has a year left on his contract, whilst Elneny is tied down until 2022, but it seems both are on the way out.
Mkhitaryan and Mustafi have been regulars in the team this season, making 39 and 40 appearances in all competitions respectively. Nonetheless, their performances have been mixed at best, and Arsenal are looking to upgrade in each of their positions this summer.
As for Özil, you sense it’s less to do with poor performances and more that Arsenal just don’t feel he’s worth £350,000-a-week to them. The German has often played well, even if his assist numbers are down this campaign, but Unai Emery doesn’t seem to consider him a crucial part of the team.
We’ll have to wait and see whether there’s any serious outside interest for the five in the coming months.