A report from The Independent has named 11 Arsenal players Mikel Arteta has deemed to be dispensable or will consider offers for, with Mohamed Elneny and Konstantinos Mavropanos amongst those who may be available in the next two windows.
It is an intriguing time for the Gunners. They have, of course, won their last three games. And some of their younger players have been hugely impressive.
However, it has not been plain-sailing for Arteta. Several experienced members of the squad have struggled. And it was not too long ago that some were mentioning Arsenal in the same conversation as the Premier League’s relegation candidates.
Relegation fears have been alleviated emphatically. But a clear-out remains on the cards. In fact, The Independent has listed 11 Arsenal players who have been deemed dispensable or available.
Elneny and Mavropanos have been joined by the likes of Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun and Joe Willock on the list of those Arsenal could consider offers for.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac are also likely to be moved on in one of the next two windows.
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Some of the names reportedly available will come as little surprise to the supporters. In truth, the writing has seemingly been on the wall for the likes of Ozil and Sokratis for some time.
But opening the door for Elneny and Mavropanos is interesting. Mavropanos has been bright out on loan. Meanwhile, recent reports suggested that Elneny may extend his stay with the Gunners.
The Daily Mail reported in November that Arsenal were preparing to offer the Egyptian a new contract.
Spotrac shows that the 28-year-old earns £50,000-a-week. So perhaps Arsenal decided that that money could be better spent elsewhere.
Having such an extensive list looks to be an incredibly ruthless move from Arteta. But Arsenal may benefit in the long-term by making those tough calls in the next couple of windows.