Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are still recovering from the shock of being knocked out of the Europa League during the week and the early exit could impact on transfer dealings this summer especially if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Arsenal were in a fantastic position in their Europa League last 32 tie with Greek Super League giants Olympiacos after the 1-0 away win in Greece only for Arteta and his players to throw away that advantage.
The Gunners were beaten on the away goals rule after they lost 2-1 at home in the second leg after regulation time and extra time.
The second leg went into extra time after Olympiacos won 1-0.
According to Football London, Mikel Arteta will need to raise as much as £160m to spend on players this summer.
The likes of topscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shkrodan Mustafi and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos could leave this summer.
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It’s not sure that leading marksman and club skipper Aubameyang will sign a new contract as he has just one year left on his current deal. The £80m-rated attacker is attracting interest from both Barcelona and Manchester United.
Mustafi could be available for just £13.5m as he has one year to run on his present contract. For Sokratis, a fee of around £16.2m would be enough to sign him from Arsenal this summer.
Other Arsenal players that could leave in the summer include Sead Kolasinac who has lost his place to teenage player Bukayo Saka who came through the ranks at the club before making his debut for the first team last season.
Arsenal loanees Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed ElNeny have both been very impressive with their loan clubs. Their loan transfer could be made permanent.
Mkhitaryan is on loan from Arsenal at Italian Serie A capital club AS Roma, while ElNeny is on loan at Besiktas in Turkey.
EPL: Arsene Wenger to return to the dugout
Emerging reports claim that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is now opened to a return to club management but that will only happen under optimal conditions.
Arsene Wenger put a pause to football management when he parted ways with the North London outfit in 2018 after 22 years spell at the club. He has since been away from that role and currently working as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development.
It was expected that the former Gunners boss will immediately pick up a new offer as there were a number of clubs ready to hand him that opportunity but he was more focused on his holiday.
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Now, the Frenchman is now claiming o be missing the daily routines of a being a manager and is opened to returning but stressed that it would happen under optimal conditions.
Wenger stated that he initially was on the grass every morning and smells them but that has changed as he is now in muffled and in an administrative environment, sitting in the office which is not what he used to know.
No doubt that Arsene Wenger will still get the love and support he got from Arsenal fans when he eventually picks up a new role as he has written his name in gold at the Emirates Stadium.
EPL: Arsenal told they would be chosen for a move
Following Arsenal’s victory in the FA Cup against Chelsea on Saturday, on loan Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos confessed his love for the team, stressing that he would choose the club again if he is to make any choice.
Dani Ceballos played a very vital role in the game with yet another commanding display that has continued to catch the attention of manager Mikel Arteta and that has confirmed the club to make more investment in him.
He has been on a loan deal and is expected to return to his owners, Spanish La Liga outfit Real Madrid but that is looking not to happen again as the North London outfit will seek to have him at the Emirates Stadium, with a permanent deal of possible.
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Dani Ceballo stated that he feels love in Arsenal and his managers and the teammates, including the fans, have helped him love the club and that makes him feel the love he enjoys.
Meanwhile, Gabon international forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace that helped the North London outfit to land their 14th FA Cup title in the club’s history.
The win also handed an automatic European ticket to the Gunners as they will not be playing in the Europa League next season.
Aubameyang’s future: The reason why Rio Ferdinand is wrong
Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has sparked speculations that Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already decided to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer transfer window.
The Gabon international was the hero of the day when the Gunners defeated their London rivals, Chelsea by 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday. The former Borussia Dortmund player scored a brace to hand Arsenal their 14th FA Cup title in the club history.
During the post-match interview, the press was quick to ask the forward about his future before the trophy was officially handed over to the team and he was quick to talk down speculations about his future.
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He stated that “I’m going to enjoy this with my teammates… and lift the trophy” and the Red Devils legend was quick to state that the Arsenal man has already decided to leave, noting that he spoke like someone who is leaving.
This analysis by Rio Ferdinand might not be all true as that wasn’t the right time for any player to talk about his future, especially when he has not even lifted the trophy to celebrate the hard work and a perfect end to a season.
There is no doubt that the Gunners management is to decide on a new contract term for Aubameyang as the player earlier mentioned that they have the final decision but there is no doubt about his being happy at Arsenal.
EPL: Arsenal to announce first major signing soon
Emerging reports claim that officials of North London outfit Arsenal have already gone to Portugal to wrap up a deal for Sporting Lisbon prodigy Joelson Fernandes who has been on the club’s radar for the past months.
The 17-year-old winger has impressed with the Portuguese outfit in the just-concluded season and there have been efforts to tie him up with a new deal which he refused.
Joelson Fernandes is keen to have a new challenge and the Premier League is his preferred destination with Arsenal also keen on his addition ahead of the coming season.
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It is now claimed that the Gunners officials are already on the negotiation table with Sporting for a fee for the young land as a fee of £20 million is being contemplated for the player.
A Portuguese outlet, A Bola reports that the North London outfit are hoping to make an announcement in the coming days as they are hoping to conclude talks to finalize a deal in the coming days.
Joelson Fernandes will now join the ranks of the young lads at the Emirates Stadium when he finally signs for Arsenal and there is no doubt of his involvement with the Mikel Arteta’s team in the coming season.
EPL: Arsenal to finally cash in on midfielder
Emerging reports indicate that Arsenal could be set to benefit from the sale of out-of-favour midfielder Mohamed Elneny with Turkish outfit, Trabzonspor considering holding talks with the Gunners.
An insider in the Turkish outfit told Turkish-Football that the Egyptian international is a major target and they are confident of sealing a deal for him in this summer transfer window.
According to reports, talks have been held between the two clubs, and they are set for formal talks that will help finalize a deal as long as the Gunners are willing o let go of the player.
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Trabzonspor are reportedly keen as they seek a replacement for Badou Ndiaye who has been on a loan deal spell with English Premier League club Stoke City and his return is unlikely.
Mohamed Elneny has two more years, going by his contract with the North London outfit but he has been out of favour for selection and was made to spend a year away from the club with Besiktas.
His departure will enable the Gunners to cash in to be able to sanction other deals as there is a need to source for funds to be able to engage in the summer transfer window for more additions.
Mikel Arteta “phones” Barcelona star for possible move
A number of clubs have indicated an interest in the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit, Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic as he is set to part ways with Barcelona after six years at the Camp Nou.
In an attempt to win the race, Le10 Sport reports that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta called the 32-year-old to convince him on a move to the Emirates Stadium.
According to the report, the Spanish boss told Ivan Rakitic of his plans for him and how he would be used in the coming season but it was not reported if the Croatian has accepted.
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Instead, reports claim that he is not keen on a move to the English Premier League and will rather remain at the Spanish La Liiga or move to the Italian Serie A, where he already has suitors.
Ivan Rakitic is no longer a favourite for selection in the Barcelona midfield, owing to his age and other factors and that seems to be getting to him as he is still confident of playing actively for many years.
With Arsenal hoping to strengthen the midfield, Ivan Rakitic will not be a bad idea for Mikel Arteta as he would be bringing his wealth of experience to help other young ones.
EPL: The nine players Arteta will send parking this summer window
A lot of transfer activities are expected at the North London outfit, Arsenal this summer window, including exits and new recruits to be able to build a formidable team for the coming season.
The Gunners struggled throughout the just-concluded season but had a sweet ending with the FA Cup win against Chelsea and an automatic qualification to Europa League next season.
The next thing for manager Mikel Arteta to do is to bring in new players and also create space for their coming by showing some the way out, so as also to cash in from their sale.
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One player who tops the list of the expected exit is French striker Alexandre Lacazette as his name has continued to be mentioned but that might not happen eventually with Arteta singing his praise and hoping to see more of him.
Already, Sokratis has been told to find a new club while it is expected that Matteo Guendouzi would be leaving because he has been frozen out of the team.
Hector Bellerin is another player who is feared to leave the North London outfit if the right offer is made for his service while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sead Kolasinac are also mentioned.
Lucas Torriera is another surprise on the list that is reported to be on the exit list but it is still unlikely that Mikel Arteta will part ways with him.
EPL: Latest Mikel Arteta’s summer plan revealed
Arsenal are still enjoying their FA Cup title win but for manager Mikel Arteta, the summer window is the focus as he plans to do a number of deals to be able to make the team stronger ahead of the coming season.
Following the FA Cup win, there is a reported £30 million windfall that would be part of the summer transfer funds and Mikel Arteta is hoping to make good use of it.
The latest report now reveals that the Spanish manager wants to sign five new players this summer transfer window.
Mail is still reporting that Mikel Arteta is still interested in the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey as he plans a new look for his midfield and that includes having Dani Ceballos for another loan spell or permanent deal.
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The Gunners boss also wants to sign Brazilian international Willian from Chelsea and hoping that an agreement is not reached between the player and the Blues team.
A new centre-back is also highly needed and a priority while a deal for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho is also in place.
Finally, keeping Gabon international forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates Stadium will be a major achievement for manager Mikel Arteta ahead of the coming season as he hopes to build the team around him.