6 Arsenal flops could save club almost £1m a week with January transfer exits

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Mikel Arteta could save Arsenal nearly £1million per week by getting shut of six flops in the January transfer window.

The Gunners visit West Brom on Saturday looking to build on successive Premier League wins over Brighton and Chelsea.

A nightmare start to the season showed that Arteta still needs to strengthen his squad – although recent displays by youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have hinted at a bright future.

And the manager could do with trimming his oversized playing roster and clearing some of the wage bill as he bids to turn Arsenal back into a genuine top-flight force.

Sead Koliasinac has already been sent back to his former Shalke on loan for the rest of the season, with the £100,000-per-week left-back have fallen out of favour amid the rise to prominence of Kieran Tierney.

But there are six more who could either be loaned or sold when the transfer window opens – and as most of them are not even playing, getting rid would be a win-win for Arteta.

Top of the list is Mesut Ozil, who rakes in an eye-watering £350,000-per-week but was not even included in the manager's squads for the Premier League or Europa League this season.

The midfielder seems intent on sitting out the rest of his contract, which expires in the summer, although he has been linked with clubs in Turkey.

Hector Bellerin has been playing regularly at right-back, but has been criticised for both his defending and his attacking play at times this term.

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The 25-year-old has been linked with interest from Barcelona, and it could be tempting to clear his £110,000-per-week wages from the books, with Arteta able to call on Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cedric Soares.

Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos earn £90,000 a week each and have dropped right down the pecking order.

Sokratis is another player who hasn't featured at all this season – as is William Saliba, who is yet to make his senior debut after returning from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne in the summer.

Saliba earns £40,000 a week, while fellow centre-back Chambers is on £50,000 per week and has struggled to make the matchday squad this season.

Adding Kolasinac's salary to the combined wages of the six flops still at the Emirates makes for a staggering total of £830,000 per week.

And with 25 weeks to go before the summer transfer window opens, their exits could add just over £20m to Arteta's transfer kitty ahead of next season.

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