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Report: Arsenal considering four departures to make way for Orkun Kokcu signing

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Report: Arsenal considering four departures to make way for Orkun Kokcu signing

Four first-team players are thought to be on the chopping block as Mikel Arteta plans a summer clear-out.

Arsenal could offload a trio of first-team players to pave the way for Feyenoord playmaker Orkun Kokcu to be signed in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners are considering parting with Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to free up funds for the £23 million swoop.

Mesut Ozil is also thought to be allowed to leave if a club comes forward willing to sign the £350,000-a-week star.

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A 19-year-old attacking midfielder, Kokcu has enjoyed a breakthrough season in Holland. He has scored three goals and registered six assists in all competitions.

Of the four players that are thought to be lined for a sale to raise funds, only Guendouzi is perhaps surprising.

The 20-year-old has played in 32 matches for Arsenal, although Mikel Arteta did question his attitude during the recent trip to Dubai and as a result, axed him from his squad.

Nonetheless, the youngster is a talented player and offloading the £40,000-a-week player would probably come as a shock.

 

Sokratis could be in a situation where he is the fourth choice centre-back. At 30, he may want to leave in search of first-team football and the Gunners will look for a decent fee for him,

Maitland-Niles is another player who could benefit from a fresh start. The 22-year-old seems to have fallen out of favour with Arteta has doesn’t seem to be fancied by the boss.

Ozil hasn’t played too badly this season under Arteta but given his wages, it comes as little surprise that Arsenal want to get rid of the 31-year-old.

Reshuffle

The Arsenal boss will want to make his own stamp on the squad in the summer and this move might be a good one.

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None of the trio have really raised the roof at the Emirates and Kokcu does have the potential to excite.

Arsenal could tie down one of Europe’s most exciting youngsters if they land the player.

Accepting mediocrity has been an all too common occurrence at the Emirates in recent years. A little reshuffle might be just what the club needs during the summer.

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