Arsenal’s clear-out

Arsenal are currently in the process of transforming their squad under Mikel Arteta.

Under Arteta’s watch, a number of top talents, such as Thomas Partey and Gabriel, have been brought in, as the north Londoners aim to return to their former glory.

Perhaps more importantly though, Arsenal have begun a much-needed clear-out, too.

The Gunners have, for some time, had a number of underperforming stars earning hefty wages on their books, despite the club’s lack of Champions League football.

This has led to players such as Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis departing ahead of the expiration of their respective contracts.

The clear-out, though, remains far from complete, with Arsenal’s fans no doubt eager to see further out of favour players moved on to secure fresh funds towards incomings.

Arsenal open to selling English duo

And now, a report from the Sun on Sunday has shed light on some of those who could be moved on, as part of Arteta’s rebuild.

The players in question come in the form of Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, under the headline of ‘Arsenal open to selling Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles but will demand £20m transfer fees for academy stars’.

The latter is currently on loan at West Brom, where he has showcased glimpses of promise. It is hard to imagine that AMN would be afforded regular football if he returns to the Emirates, though, with the likes of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny ahead of him in Arteta’s pecking order.

Nketiah, meanwhile, has scored just twice in the league this season, and will have only a solitary year to run on his current contract in the summer.

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