Arteta set to sell a number of Arsenal stars in the summer

Written by Atom Leurs

February 20, 2021

The Arsenal Rebuild to continue next summer?
During the January transfer window, a lot of familiar faces left Arsenal Football Club. Furthermore, since the summer of 2020, as many as 14 (!) players have left the London club, 6 of whom a permanent deal was disclosed. Names like Martinez (Aston Villa), Mkhitaryan (AS Roma), Sokratis (Olympiakos), Özil (Fenerbahce), Macey (Hibernian) and Mustafi (Schalke
04), went to find their happiness elsewhere, which only raised an incoming amount of roundabout €18 million. Their combined market value? €54 million! So even though there are a lot of positives in releasing the ‘deadwood’ in
our club, we can’t ignore the fact that this club has made a lot of losses in the past years.

Since last summer, Arteta has spent around €80 million on transfers. Compared to the incoming funds, these numbers are worrying. As this could form a problem in the future, Rumour has it that even more players are set to leave Arsenal in the upcoming summer. The name that is mostly spoken about is Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker’s contract will soon
be expired and reportedly, Arteta has told him that he doesn’t believe in him anymore. Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have been interested in Lacazette for a long time, so a way out is surely possible.

Another player that has been named is Matteo Guendouzi. The youngster was brought in by Unai Emery back in 2018, and was seen as one of the most talented midfielders in the world. But because of multiple incidents, like the Brighton incident,
where he reportedly would have bragged about his salary towards Brighton players, caused him to fall by wayside. Currently, he’s out on loan to Hertha Berlin. Next summer he’ll be back, and the chance of him saying goodbye to Arsenal will be very likely.

Another player who’s out on loan, but is likely to be sold on his return, is the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira. The midfielder is
currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, where a lack of playtime almost caused Arteta to recall him, but that didn’t go through. Last summer, Torreira was close to a permanent transfer to Italian side Torino, but a loan move to Atletico Madrid interested him more.

A transfer fee of roundabout 30 million euros for Lucas Torreira, as well as for Matteo Guendouzi have a high chance to be accepted by the Arsenal board. It is safe to say that the rebuild is still in the beginning phase and that the
club needs to give Arteta the time that he asks for.

There are still a lot of problems (not only financial ones), and Arteta is trying his best to solve
them. The Arsenal Rebuild set up by Mikel Arteta is still in its beginning phase. From day one, Arteta knew that this club has
a lot of problems, which surely can’t all be solved in a short period of time. The defensive problems seem to be solved
(still a lot of room for improvement), but Arteta’s focus now seems to be directed towards the financial problems that Arsenal are facing.

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