Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has picked out five players that are surplus to requirements at the club and Mikel Arteta should be trying to move on this summer.
The Gunners are shaping a new side under Arteta with the arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian this summer, along with William Saliba starting his full-time stint at the club after spending last season out on loan.
Arsenal fans are hoping for more new arrivals, but with a large squad already at Arteta’s disposal, he is going to have to sell players to bring any in.
Campbell believes that shouldn’t be a problem as there are numerous players that can be shown the door at the Emirates, although some will be more difficult to sell than others.
The 50-year-old would like to see the back of Mesut Ozil, although that is extremely tricky given his contract situation, while he feels Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Sokratis Papastathopoulos could all be moved on thanks to the new arrivals in defence.
‘The elephant in the room is Mesut Ozil,’ Campbell told Stadium Astro. ‘He doesn’t need to do anything, he’s got a year left on his contract and he says he’s staying, so whatever business they can do – if they can do any business to get him out, fine – if not, that’s a millstone round your neck to deal with.
‘I think Sead Kolasinac is one, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, there’s talk of him going out on loan or maybe a permanent deal.
‘Arsenal’s issues have always been defensively, when they lose the ball. Chambers is another one they can cash in on to get money.
Sokratis at the back, he’s another one, probably surplus to requirements. They can move some players on. ‘It might not create the big transfer funds but it’s going to clear the wages, once you can clear that then you have the chance to move and shake.’
Arsenal are keen on Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who they are looking to fund a deal for by offloading some players, including those mentioned by Campbell.
However, another player that could be leaving north London is Hector Bellerin after Paris Saint-Germain made an offer for the right-back and Bayern Munich have also shown an interest.
The Spaniard’s future is uncertain, with no official response to the £25m bid from the Parisians as yet.