There has already been a flexing of the financial muscles at Arsenal this summer – with Alexandre Lacazette arriving for a club-record transfer fee earlier this month.
But having added two of the three transfers he prioritised this summer, Arsene Wenger’s attentions will now primarily switch to freeing up space in the first-team squad.
Wenger has openly admitted in the past that he is looking to trim a squad which has become bloated by the failure to offload certain fringe members and a number of emerging youngsters beginning to come through.
Arsenal have proven their new-found confidence in the transfer market with the addition of Lacazette and purchasing Thomas Lemar from Monaco could take their spending total to around the £100m mark but a series of expected player sales are designed to offset those costs.
The money generated by the television deal will ensure Arsenal are paid a premium for unwanted players and offloading this summer, with costs in the Premier League spiralling, is likely to be extremely profitable business compared to previous summers.
There are significant question marks in the squad, with Wenger boasting nearly 40 squad options when new signings, returning loanees and young players are thrown into the mix.
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It means Wenger will have to sell and there have already been clues about the players who could depart for good this summer as the Frenchman gears up for a mass exodus.
So how many are Arsenal likely to get rid of? We’ve separated possible sales into three categories – available, possible and surely-not.
What that means is those who are up for sale, those who Arsenal could be tempted to trade and those who the club would ideally like to retain despite rumours over their respective futures.
The Pole is on the verge of a £10m move to Juventus which is likely to infuriate a number of supporters for reasons beyond the valuation alone.
Szczesny has been on loan with Roma for the last couple of seasons and has seemingly proven his worth to the Serie A champions and European Cup finalists, yet remains out of favour with Wenger at Arsenal, who is set to place faith in David Ospina and Emiliano Martinez as Petr Cech’s understudies.
He’s at an age now where he needs to play regular first-team football, as his beneficial loan spell at Middlesbrough proved and interest from Crystal Palace could formalise into a permanent transfer away from the club.
Chambers has suffered from an inability to nail down a specific role in the team and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s emergence as a right-wing-back further complicates matters, though the former Southampton man can be rightly disappointed about not getting a chance as in a back three.
The Frenchman has somehow managed to remain at Arsenal despite Wenger publicly angling for his exit across the past three transfer windows.
There has been interest from Nice but reports in France now claim they will move for Christophe Jallet instead of the Arsenal player, who remains under contract.
Jenkinson is in a position not dissimilar to Debuchy in that Wenger has admitted he is free to leave, but the Gunners are struggling to attract potential buyers after the collapse of his proposed January move to Crystal Palace.
The right-back is not involved in the pre-season tours of Australia or China and has been instructed to organise a transfer, but Arsenal are unlikely to see swift progress over his departure.
Interest from West Brom could see Gibbs’ 13-year association with the club finally come to an end this summer after spending 10 of those years in the first-team setup.
Gibbs is not needed following the free transfer signing of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke and his exit could generate Arsenal around £15m from the Baggies, who are in desperate need of a Premier League-proven left-back.
The Spaniard has been informed he can return to his homeland, where both former club Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla are lying in wait while there is also interest from Turkey.
Lucas was not given a fair crack of the whip at Arsenal but there have been reports of an attitude problem behind the scenes and following Lacazette’s arrival, the Gunners are happy to let him go.
Struggled badly during a loan spell at Brighton last season and his time with Arsenal now appears up after failing to convince in a number of temporary moves away from the club.
This is a key moment in his career and he needs to seize his opportunity now before it’s too late – a permanent Championship loan move beckons.
The leg fracture he sustained during his loan spell at Bournemouth could complicate matters over Wilshere’s future but he will be given every chance to prove he still has a future at the club.
Wenger will not countenance his departure until he is able to check on the midfielder’s condition and what role he can play this season, with no progress expected imminently.
An unexpected contender but rumours in France of a potential exit Reine-Adelaide are not as surprising as they may first seem.
The young Frenchman squandered opportunities last season despite an impressive performance in the 4-0 FA Cup win at Southampton and Wenger may yet be tempted to cash in on a player who appears to have been usurped by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and others as he battles to return from an ankle injury.
Arsenal’s forward options look significantly overstocked and Walcott may find himself the victim of the cull which will take place to narrow down the numbers.
West Ham are admirers, though their pursuit of Marko Arnautovic may see them shelve their interest, but there would likely be a number of takers for a fee north of £20m.
The Frenchman is still a player Wenger values enormously but Lacazette’s arrival could lead him to push for a transfer away from the club ahead of a World Cup year.
Giroud is intent on playing regular first-team football and may only achieve that goal by moving to West Ham, Everton, Borussia Dortmund or elsewhere this summer.
Arsenal have made it clear they do not wish to sell their talisman, last season’s top scorer and a player coveted by the majority of the top European clubs.
Chief among them are Manchester City but Arsenal remain steadfast in their belief that they can hold onto their star man, with Bayern Munich having already dropped out of the race to sign him.
The German, like Sanchez, has just a year left on his contract but Arsenal are relaxed over his future and the lack of suitors in for Ozil is telling compared to his fellow contract rebel.
Ozil has interest from Turkey but is unlikely to entertain a move there and Arsenal are likelier to see him sign a new deal than allow him to walk away this summer.
Liverpool remain keen on another player who has just a year to run on his deal at the Emirates but Arsenal are again unwilling to let a player who could become a crucial component this season leave.
There is understandable frustration from Oxlade-Chamberlain at a lack of progress in contract discussions given his good form, so Arsenal must prioritise his future just as much as other key men.