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Arsenal plotting ‘squad overhaul’ to fund Arteta’s summer rebuild

Arsenal are prepared to back Mikel Arteta in the summer transfer window as the club prepare for a ‘squad overhaul’ after a disappointing campaign at the Emirates.

The north London side currently sit ninth in the Premier League following an indifferent season so far, but have shown signs of progress since Arteta’s arrival as head coach in December and are unbeaten in league action since the turn of new year.

The club’s impressive recent form has raised optimism ahead of next season and the Gunners are now prepared to accelerate their development with a busy summer of transfer dealings, Arteta set to raise funds by selling several unwanted stars.

According to Football.london, defensive duo Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are amongst the names being considered for an exit, alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Elneny who are both currently out on loan at Roma and Besiktas respectively.

Sead Kolasinac could also be sold amid the presence of Kieran Tierney and emergence of Bakayo Saka at left-back, whilst there remains major doubts over the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal are desperate to retain the services of the Gabon international, however, the 30-year-old will have just a year remaining on his contract at the end of the season and has been linked with the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United.

The sales of those stars would significantly add to Arteta’s transfer kitty ahead of what is anticipated to be a busy summer, the Spaniard keen to strengthen both at centre-back and in central midfield.

Promising youngsters William Saliba and Emile Smith Rowe will also return from loan spells to add to the Gunners’ options, as Arteta looks to build a squad capable of challenging the Premier League’s elite next season.

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