In pre-season, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has four players competing for their futures with the Gunners.
Arsenal is assessing the fate of four graduates from their program.
Arsenal is considering the fate of four of its recent academy graduates. According to rumours, Arsenal’s summer overhaul might see all four players Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, and Reiss Nelson depart the club.
The Gunners are hoping to add up to five more players to their team this summer as Arteta attempts to rebuild a group capable of returning Arsenal to the top division of English football.
Arsenal’s top brass are rumored to be willing to spend up to £250 million on their chosen targets.
Arsenal are also interested in midfielders Albert Sambi Lokonga, Yves Bissouma, and James Maddison, as well as Norwich full-back Max Aarons and Brighton centre-back Ben White.
Those five players are all under the age of 25, which fits the club’s desired profile of transfer targets, which prioritizes players with growth potential and sell-on value.
Bringing in a player of this caliber, though, may have an impact on the club’s recent academy graduates, who are all looking for regular first-team opportunity.
Willock, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah, and Nelson are all playing for their Arsenal futures this pre-season, according to The Athletic.
Despite some promising indicators, the quartet has been unable to secure regular starting berths at Arsenal, and the club may be willing to cash in.
The anticipated summer spending binge necessitates balancing the accounts, and Arteta is willing to sell the quartet to help raise funds.
However, the Gunners manager prefers to loan the players out, seeing it as “greater value than selling in a weak market.”
Arsenal will aim to acclimate its squad as soon as possible, since they face a difficult start to the Premier League season.
On the opening weekend, the Gunners travel to top-tier newcomers Brentford before facing back-to-back games against the league’s best teams, European champions Chelsea and defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
With a terrible start to the season, the mood surrounding the Emirates could soon deteriorate, with fans disgruntled after a disappointing eighth-place finish last season.