Arsenal remain in the dark as to the size of the funds to be made available for incoming transfers this summer, and much of it is expected to depend on whether the Gunners manage to secure Champions League football for next season. The chances of that task being accomplished through Premier League placement are practically non-existent, even if the possibility isn’t yet mathematically ruled out. At this point, the likeliest route towards UEFA’s elite club competition is through winning the Europa League, where Arsenal will be facing Villarreal in Spain in the semifinals, which will see the first leg being played this Thursday.
However, it seems clear that sales will have to be made, and football.london report the club will be looking to part ways with at least four players whose contracts don’t run out this summer. The most obvious candidates are Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who have spent 2020-21 on loan in search of increased game-time. Dinos Mavropanos could also leave on a permanent deal, while it’s also worth noting that David Luiz will be out of contract and his future remains unclear.
Following all the controversies which eventually caused him to be completely frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s squad, it’s highly unlikely that Guendouzi will ever play for Arsenal again. Kolasinac, meanwhile, suffered relegation from the Bundesliga with Schalke 04, and Arteta is said to be keen to add another player to compete with Kieran Tierney on the left defensive flank.
As for the players currently at Arsenal, there has been plenty of speculation about Alexandre Lacazette, who enters the final 12 months of his deal and there has been no news of a new one being offered as of yet. Hector Bellerin is reportedly expected to ask the club to leave if an offer he deems suitable comes along, which means another right-back would be required as well.
Arsenal recently handed out new contracts to Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun, with the latter expected to be given a first-team opportunity next term.