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Which nine players could exit North London this summer?

We take a look at which players could be on their way out this summer in a major squad rebuild for Arsenal.

Its widely expected that Arsenal will be making changes to their squad following yet another disappointing campaign which has seen them fail to challenge for the title and lose their top four status for another season.

Its not certain whether the squad rebuild will occur with Arsene Wenger at the helm, but there have been signals that new players could be arriving in the summer, and the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang arriving in January have proved that (maybe).

The new head of recruitment at Arsenal [Sven Mislintat], and the current head of recruitment [Rahul Sanllehi] are believed to be making wholesale changes in a bid to reduce the massive deficit between the club and Premier League runaway leaders, Manchester City.

In order for that to be possible, a vast amount of outgoings will need to take place, by doing that, funds will need to raised by offloading players. Let’s take a look at which nine players could be heading out:

Hector Bellerin

In an ideal situation, this would be a player Arsenal would rather not let go of, having said that, Bellerin is open to the exit door – should the right offer come in, and Arsenal are open to cash in.

The Spanish right-back is a prized asset, and with clubs in the form of Barcelona, Juventus, and Manchester United reportedly sniffing around, they would have to cough up £50m to buy his signature.

The progress of Bellerin has gone downhill since last season, and has come in for even more criticism following his comments on popular fan YouTube channel ArsenalFanTV.

Whatever happens with him this Summer depends on his activity. Should he repeat such actions like he did last summer [vying for a move away], Arsenal may just let him go easily.

 

Jack Wilshere

Now, this one, given his links to Arsenal through childhood, looks set to come with emotion.

Despite the 26-year-old bleeding Arsenal, signing a new contract is yet to be finalised.

Only on reduced terms has a contract been tabled, but an incentive is if Wilshere continues to prove his worth through fitness.

Italian duo AC Milan and Juventus, plus Everton are all peering over the garden fence as Wilsheres situation remains “iffy”.

 

Aaron Ramsey

The Welshman is another key man the Gunners are keen to not let go of, but the situation – like Jack Wilshere, is also “iffy”.

Ramsey has under 18 months left on his current deal, and signing a new contract is far from certain.

The former Cardiff City man is being monitored by top European clubs, and Arsenal would have to decide whether its best to let him go, or risk losing him on a free, should an offer come in.

Similarly to Bellerin, an offer would have to be in excess of £50m.

Calum Chambers

For the 23-year-old, the jury is still pretty much out.

Having signed a new deal at the beginning of the season, his performances haven’t livened up to expectation, and its been widely presumed that he will vacate as part of the overhaul.

Arsenal turned down big money approaches for the defender, but could be swayed if an offer is produced.

 

David Ospina

The Colombian was nearing the exit door last summer but was convinced by Arsene Wenger to stake a claim for another season.

Ospina is longing for regular game time and a move away from the Emirates is almost certain.

Taking Petr Cech’s age and poor form into account, Arsenal will be looking into signing a replacement and Emiliano Martinez (you may remember him starring in the famous 7-5 win over Reading in 2012) (currently on loan at Spanish outfit Getafe) has been rated very highly.

 

Danny Welbeck

Arsene Wenger has expressed numerous times that he’s raring to keep Welbeck and rates the player highly.

The forward is an integral unit of the squad and gives versatility owing to the fact that he can be utilised at centre-forward or out wide.

This was depicted against AC Milan and his usefulness showed, but the real reason why he featured was due to the absentees of Alexandre Lacazette (injury), and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (ineligible).

Arsenal would be open to allowing Welbeck to find a new nest – unless he opts to extend his contract and like Ramsey, he too has under 18 months left on his current deal.

 

Lucas Perez

Its pretty much clear that the Spaniard has no future at Arsenal and whether he’ll ultimately be moved on, is not certain.

Perez will almost certainly won’t be a part of the squad next season, but its probable that his parent club will loan him out again – as they did last summer.

The Spanish forward arrived in North London for £18m back in 2016 but scarcely appeared before returning to Deportivo La Coruna on loan.

The snag Arsenal have hit is Perez has two year remaining on his current deal, and the wages he’s earning won’t be matched elsewhere, so he won’t be in a rush to the exit door – especially at the grand age of 29.

The North London outfit will consider offloading him at cut-price and attempt to lure other clubs for his signature, and will the likelihood of that occurring is doubtful, another loan is also on the cards.

Joel Campbell

The Costa Rican has been hampered by injuries during his time on loan at Real Betis, and this has blocked his chance to show what he’s made of.

Leaving Arsenal is no secret, and he will finally get his wish when his contract runs out at the end of this season.

Obviously, there won’t be a fee, but will free up the wage bill space.

 

Carl Jenkinson

Since his loan at St Andrews last season, Jenkinson hasn’t had the greatest of spells.

The right-back completed just 32 minutes of action against Reading before dislocating his shoulder – thus ruling him out for the rest of the season and has since returned at the conclusion of January. His miserable run continued as he’s featured just nine times, and is yet to taste a win.

Jenkinson – an Arsenal fan since childhood, ruled out a move to Crystal Palace despite not having a future at Arsenal.

Arsenal could’ve recouped around £7m for him, but that type of money will not be able to be fetched this time around, adding to the fact that he still has two years to go on his current deal.

 

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