Arsenal Target £120m Trio with 11 Gunners Stars set to leave in Major Summer Overhaul
Arsenal are finally ready to admit they are falling behind the Premier League elite and will attempt to rectify their plight with a major squad overhaul in the summer. According to the Daily Mail, no fewer than eleven first team players will be shown the exit door to fund some huge reinforcements.
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It remains unclear whether Arsene Wenger will stay on as manager beyond the end of the season, when his contract runs out. The 67-year-old, currently in his 21st year at the helm, says he has made a decision on his future despite not yet making an announcement. There is a growing feeling among the fans that the manager has to leave if the club is to progress.
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But whether Wenger stays or not, it appears the club are planning to change their approach. A number of players brought into the first team to develop under the Frenchman have not done so at the desired rate. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson are all set for the chop, with the latter two failing to use loan spells to impress. Joel Campbell, Mathieu Debuchy, Wojchiech Szczesny, Yaya Sanogo, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Santi Cazorla will also be chopped.
Cazorla has been a great servant to the Gunners since arriving in 2012, but now he is over the age of 30 and struggling with injury problems, the club believe it is time for him to move on.
Coming in to replace these players, it is speculated, are Marco Reus, Kingsley Coman and Benjamin Mendy. German winger Reus is one of the most talented players in Europe, but his loyalty to Borussia Dortmund and injuries at key times in his career have stopped him getting a big move. The Mail says the Gunners will chase these players while also trying to keep hold of current stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The pair have just over a year on their current contracts with little prospect of renewals at present.
Signing Coman will be particularly tough, mainly because a deal to make his loan from Juventus permanent at Bayern Munich is already in place. The German champions need only pay Juve £18million to clinch the French winger’s signature, but Arsenal hope waving a blank cheque at the Italians will put them in pole position.
Finally, Arsenal may face competition for Mendy. The Monaco fullback has been in fine form this season, helping his club to the top of Ligue 1 and into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. It is likely a number of Europe’s elite clubs will be chasing the now France international this summer.