It seems that Arsenal could be in for some big squad surgery, well it is needed anyway. The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Petr Cech, Carl Jenkinson, Nacho Monreal and Stephan Lichtsteiner will leave as free agents.
Then there are the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil who have all been linked with moves away from the north London club.
A limited transfer budget this summer
Despite needing to heavily strengthen their squad this summer, Arsenal’s hierarchy will reportedly only allow £40million to spend this summer. In Premier League terms that is chump change, especially as the Gunners will receive major revenue via the Premier League television deal.
Arsenal’s top-six, even top-ten Premier League rivals could well outspend the Gunners this summer. This is not a far-fetched scenario. It is the reality of the situation at the north London club.
Youngsters can fill the voids
The lack of transfer budget this summer means that Arsenal boss Unai Emery may be short of bodies next season. One solution would be to use some of the clubs promising youngsters.
There is a whole group of young players who could well have an impact on the team next season. Youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been a regular this season. Considering he has paid at full-back or a wing-back rather than his natural role of central midfield, he has acquitted himself well.
The likes of Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock have shown great promise this season. The former two had the experience of loan spells in the Bundesliga, which will certainly have helped them grow as players.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Willock has impressed in his limited appearances for the Gunners. He may have missed a chance in the Europa League final, but the youngster produced a lively display. He looks like a player who could play more first-team football next season.
Big summer for Arsenal
A relatively small transfer budget combined with a lack of Champions League football and a squad rebuild needed could make this a difficult summer for everybody involved in the club.
Some of the youngsters are useful assets and first-team football could definitely help them improve. The lack of a transfer budget may prove a blessing in disguise, although the Gunners are highly unlikely to return to the top of the game with just the promotion of a group of young players to the first-team.
Will any of Arsenal’s youngsters get a chance in the first-team next season?