Kevin Campbell has urged Mikel Arteta to sell up to nine first-team players this summer to generate funds to spend on new recruits.
Arteta is unlikely to be handed a huge warchest to revamp his squad this summer and with the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s likely that the Spaniard will have even less to spend as initially thought.
Therefore, Arteta will more than likely have to sell in order to generate funds, and former Gunners striker Campbell reckons up to eight-nine players should be offloaded this summer:
“Whether we like it or not, money’s going to dictate a lot of what Arsenal do.
“I think there needs to be a ruthless streak going in. There’s been a lot of players there who have just sort of done enough and Arteta’s taken over and they’re improving but we know they’re not good enough.
“I think there’s got to be a cull, there’s probably eight players I’ll have out. Eight or nine players.
“I’ll clear the deck. They haven’t been good enough for two, three, four – however many – seasons now.
“We haven’t qualified for the Champions League, if we don’t this year – which I don’t think we are – it’s going to be the third season outside of the Champions League going into the fourth.”
Although Campbell didn’t mention which nine players should be axed form the squad, the Express list the following they believe the ex-Arsenal striker is talking about – Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Assuming these are the nine Gunners Campbell is referring to, which out of them should be shown the door?