Mikel Arteta hints at potential squad overhaul at Arsenal ahead of summer window
Mikel Arteta has hinted that many Arsenal players could leave the club this summer with the Gunners manager eager to turn the club’s fortunes around following a horrific season.
Speaking to the press ahead of this weekend’s Premier League tie against West Brom via the Guardian, the former Manchester City coach claimed that the Arsenal squad requires a massive overhaul and that the club owners, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE), will back any decisions Arteta makes this off-season to the team.
The Gunners are set to conclude their worst ever season in the Premier League era, with Arsenal last week crashing out of the UEFA Europa League to the hands of the former head coach Unai Emery whilst their Premier League campaign continues to fade into obscurity, with the north London side 10th as things stand before their match with West Brom.
Arteta is under huge pressure to change things around at the club, but the Spanish manager remains confident that, with backing from the owners, he can steer the London giants back to the top of the English game, and clearing out the squad appears to be on the top of the 39-year-old’s agenda.
The Arsenal manager said when asked about summer departures: “The squad needs changing. There were already a lot of changes in December, something that has not been done in years, but it tells us where we were. Things are going to have to change and the owners are going to back it up.”]
TBR View: Mass squad overhaul has been long overdue for Arsenal
Arsenal’s 2020/21 season will be remembered as one of the worst the club have endured for an extremely long time by both fans and pundits, yet the failures of this campaign could be what set’s the north London side back on the right track, and clearing out the squad will be a smart move that should have been done years ago.
The Gunners squad consists of individually talented players, yet as a cohesive squad, it is one of the weakest in the Premier League that lacks the mental strength to challenge for anything or to take the club back to its former glory, and for Arteta, moving out the right names will be a huge step in the right direction for the club.
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