Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has decided to turn ruthless in his attempts to help the Gunners mount a serious Premier League title bid, and is now willing to let six of the current first-team squad move on this summer.
According to The Sun, both Lukas Podolski and David Ospina could be heading to Turkey, with the German closing in on a £1.75m switch to Galatasaray, while the goalkeeper has the opportunity to make a £4m move to Besiktas.
Meanwhile, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell, and Carl Jenkinson have also found their futures in question following loan spells of varying success, The Sun report.
Jenkinson enjoyed a promising year at West Ham, and thus Wenger would prefer to send him out once again on a temporary basis. However, the former pair will both be available for permanent departures, having struggled to make an impact at the Emirates.
Finally, it appears that Mathieu Flamini is heading for the north London exit for a second time. The Sun suggest that he will be available for as little as £1m.
The news that many of the men on the periphery of the squad are to leave the club is likely to please many Arsenal fans. Their departures will free up some extra funds that can be spent on arrivals’ fees or wages. Podolski for example, currently earns £100,000 a week (via The Sun), yet spent much of the first half of last season on the bench, while the second half was spent on loan at Inter Milan.
And while some of the group have been decent servants to the club over the years – Flamini especially – their influences are unlikely to help the side end their long wait for the Premier League crown.
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