Report: Three Arsenal players edging close to exit, including Granit Xhaka
A report by Football London has claimed that three Arsenal players are edging closer to the Emirates Stadium exit ahead of the transfer window.
Mikel Arteta will aim to shuffle his pack this summer and in order to do that some players will have to leave.
The report claims Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are all nearing departures from the club.
Perhaps the most surprising of that trio is Xhaka, with the Switzerland captain a key part of Arteta’s team during 2020/21.
He has plenty of admirers, however, including Roma boss Jose Mourinho who wants him in the Italian capital.
Torreira and Guendouzi both went out on loan last season, with a different level of success.
The Uruguayan midfielder won La Liga with Atletico Madrid, whilst the French youngster struggled with Hertha Berlin.
Plenty of players have been linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer.
With European football not on the agenda next season, Arteta will have to shop shrewdly in the transfer window.
As a result, raising funds from any outgoing business can only help the club.
Xhaka leaving Arsenal: Sad end for improving player
The 28-year-old played 45 times for the Gunners last season and even captained the side on a handful of occasions.
Xhaka has struggled to completely win his critics round during his time at the club, although he was good last season.
Leaving will be sad for the 92-cap international and he will feel he could have done a job next season.
Paid £100,000-a-week, Arteta might feel the time is now to offload the midfielder and sign a younger model.
Yves Bissouma and Ruben Neves have both been linked and would represent decent options.
Torreira and Guendouzi won’t be missed, although some will feel Xhaka could still do a job.