5 Senior Arsenal players who want to leave the club after a nightmare season
Under-fire Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs a shake-up of the squad and according to reports, there are five players that would be more than happy to leave the London club.
Last season’s FA Cup winners have had a disappointing season where they have struggled to claim a top-five spot in the Premier League.
And they could have a mass exit of players on their hands after recent poor performances including a goalkeeper, two midfielders and two defenders that aren’t happy at the Gunners.
According to the report, players such as David Luiz, Willian, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin and German goalkeeper Bernd Leno all want to leave.
The Gunners had some hope with the prospect of a Europa League final but they were knocked out by Villarreal and former boss Unai Emery in the semi-finals.
Star signings such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey have underperformed and fans have revolted against the Kroenke ownership after the European Super League debacle.
One club insider has called for Arteta to be more transparent and claims the unrest is starting to frustrate players.
We can all see what is happening on the pitch,” the source told The Athletic in a special report.
“He (Arteta) should have spoken the truth: we did not deserve to reach the (Europa League) final. That’s the reality.”
Brazil’s Luiz returned after a five-week absence in the 2-0 win at Arsenal while compatriot Willian scored his first goal in over a year against West Brom on Sunday.
Leno and Bellerin have had dips in form and it appears the lack of success this season has taken its toll on them.
Any movements will also affect the younger players as the report claims Reiss Nelson is set for a switch while a contract extension for Eddie Nketiah is “no closer to being resolved.”
However, there could be good news for Kieran Tierney as a new contract is likely to be written up for him.
Arteta had a difficult start replacing Unai Emery and the report adds one key line to sum up the Spaniard’s future.
It says the club are “in danger of going full circle” as they may end up right back to where they started.