A new dawn might be on the horizon for Arsenal fans who could witness a major squad overhaul during the summer transfer window.
As reported per Independent, the Gunners are set to drop no less that nine first-team players as the club finds itself under pressure to cut wage bill in order to fall into the parameters of the Premier League’s new cost control plan that comes into effect this summer.
The wage control rules say that a Premier League club could not spend more than £7 million more than it was the case in 2016/17, or £19 million more than the costs from the 2012/13 campaign. Should a side increase wage costs beyond the set limit, the money could only come from external sources – player sales included.
The first player to fall victims of the newly imposed measures is likely to become Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England international winger has been strongly linked to Liverpool over the past couple of weeks and is expected to leave the Emirates during the summer transfer window. The Ox is yet to agree on a new deal with the Gunners. His current contract expires next summer and Arsenal are likely to sell their player to avoid risk of losing him for free next year.
Additional way of raising enough money to cover the wage costs are commercial sources such as ticketing, shirt sale, TV deals and other commercial incomes rather than the Premier League central funds, but with Gunners set to take part in Europa League next year the money from alternative sources is unlikely to be enough to cover for total costs.
Arsene Wenger is keen to push through new deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, which means that more players will have to be sold in order to accommodate two of the biggest stars’ new contracts.
Olivier Giroud is another player on the departure list. Jack Wilshere could become another high-profile player to be cut loose, whereas the list also includes the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Calum Chambers, Chuba Akpom, Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez and Carl Jenkinson.