According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are struggling to get rid of some of their unwanted stars this summer because of their high salaries.
The Gunners have a number of players that they are looking to sell this summer. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs, David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Calum Chambers are all seemingly surplus to requirement in north London.
The players seem happy to leave the club, as they are unlikely to feature heavily for the first-team next season.
However, there seems to be one major sticking point for their exit, their high salaries at the Emirates Stadium. The players seem unwilling to take a pay-cut, even if it means regular action elsewhere in the Premier League.
Watford have been heavily linked with moves for Gibbs, while Wilshere has attracted interest from Italian club Sampdoria, Chambers and Jenkinson have been linked with a move to Crystal Palace. Spanish striker Lucas Perez is of interest to former club Deportivo La Coruna.
The players certainly seem to be attracting interest from clubs at a decent level. However, it is understandable that none of them want to take a major wage cut to move away from north London.
It leaves Arsenal in a difficult position, though, as the Gunners are now paying wages to players that are unlikely to contribute to the teams future. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be looking to offload some of the unwanted stars in aid of putting the money towards a bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
The French champions have stated that they will not sell the winger this summer. However, Arsenal remain confident that they will sign the French international. The club from north London have seen three bids rejected by
Monaco for the star, but any extra cash from sales of players would go into the fund to sign Lemar.
At the moment, though, it looks like there are no imminent departures from Arsenal. The likes of Gibbs, Chambers, Perez and Ospina may well prove decent backups, but none of the quartet seem like they could force their way into the starting line-up on a regular basis.
However, it does look like a number of unwanted players will still be on the clubs book come the end of the summer transfer window. The Gunners cannot do much about it except hope that the players find clubs who will pay the unwanted players the salaries that they demand.
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