Arsenal: Arteta outlines Willock's future after Newcastle loan
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Arsenal could have a huge clearout of their first-team squad this summer in order to raise funds for a much-needed overhaul. Arsenal will not be playing European football next season for the first time in 26 years following a hugely disappointing campaign on the pitch. Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League, just missing out on qualification for the newly-formed Europa Conference League.
Three players have already confirmed they will be leaving the Gunners.
David Luiz will go at the end of his contract, with loanees Mat Ryan and Dani Ceballos confirming they will return to Brighton and Real Madrid respectively.
Martin Odegaard is yet to announce his farewell to Arsenal supporters but will also go back to Real, with Mikel Arteta keen to make a deal permanent if possible.
Arsenal are in need of substantial additions to their squad but the coronavirus pandemic has hit them hard financially.
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Signing a right-back and a midfielder is the priority for Arteta, with a new right-sided centre-back and striker also on the agenda.
The departures of Luiz, Ryan and Ceballos obviously provide nothing more than decreasing the wage bill at the Emirates.
So Arteta will have to look to sell several first-team players he deems as not part of his long-term plans.
There are 13 players who have all been linked with moves away from the Gunners.
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Goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson failed to meet expectations after arriving last summer and was linked with an exit as early as January after a shaky first six months at the club.
Three defenders that could all be on the way are Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Kolasinac and Mavropanos have spent time out on loan in Germany and may not have a future under Arteta.
Bellerin struggled for game time in the second half of the season and could leave to make way for that new right-back Arteta wants.
In terms of midfielders, there are five players whose futures are in doubt.
Granit Xhaka was named by The Athletic earlier this month as one player who wants to leave.
Arsenal have failed to qualify for the Champions League in each of Xhaka’s five seasons at the club, so the time may have come for a departure.
Then there are four midfielders who have been out on loan.
Lucas Torreira wants to return to South America and Arteta is clearly not a fan of Matteo Guendouzi.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles enjoyed a spell in the West Brom midfield but would struggle to play in his preferred position at Arsenal, so could go.
There is also the dilemma over Joe Willock, whose seven goals in seven games at the end of his Newcastle loan has led to wide speculation over his future.
Newcastle want to sign Willock on a permanent deal, so Arsenal could potentially choose to cash in at the right time for the 21-year-old.
In terms of attackers, there are four who could potentially be moved on this summer.
Willian had a nightmare first season at the club and has been linked with a move to MLS.
Reiss Nelson has barely featured this term and therefore could be on his way.
Two strikers make up the list of 13 who could go, with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette’s futures uncertain.
Both players see their contracts expire in 2022 and therefore could leave if new deals are not sorted this summer.
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