Arteta desperate to keep just six Arsenal players ahead of mega summer clearout

Arsenal are gearing up for one of the most significant transfer windows in their recent history.

Mikel Arteta has already spoken publicly on his desire to make big changes to his underperforming squad this summer.

Plans are already being mapped out with technical director Edu, with Arsenal in danger of failing to qualify for the Europa League, let alone the Champions League.

Finances will take another significant hit if they don’t make it into Europe for the 2021/22 campaign.

So the Gunners will have to create funds by offloading some dead wood within their camp.

While many face being on the chopping block, especially after Saturday night’s dismal showing in the 3-0 homes loss to Liverpool, only a few are in Arteta’s good books.

Unsurprisingly, Arteta’s main men for the future are far from his most seniors stars.

Bukayo Saka, 19, has emerged as a fan-favourite this term and a real talent going forward, plus his versatility makes the teenager even more valuable.

While Arsenal could command a sizeable transfer fee for Saka this summer, as Europe’s elite would no doubt circle should he be made available, Arteta does not intend to sell.

Saka’s absence against Liverpool was felt, as was Emile Smith Rowe’s.

The attacking midfielder’s intensity is admired, and his rise over the past 12 months has been meteoric at Arsenal.

Additionally, much is still expected of young Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli, who has suffered with injury this season.

Elsewhere, Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney’s attitude is a standard-setter for his team-mates.

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    While those six look set to stay at least beyond the coming summer, as suggested in The Times , Arsenal are ready to flog a number of others.

    Many already out on loan are poised to depart on a permanent basis once deals can be struck, including Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Konstantinos Mavropanos.

    Hector Bellerin is ready for a new challenge and could earn Arsenal up to £30m in the transfer market.

    Dani Ceballos is likely to return to Real Madrid after two years on loan at the Emirates.

    But Arteta intends to make a permanent approach for another loanee from the Bernabeu in the form of Martin Odegaard, who has impressed far more than Ceballos in a red shirt.

    The Norwegian former wonderkid would cost at least £35m, so Arsenal must raise funds.

    Many more members of the first-team squad face uncertain futures as well, including Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

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