Arsenal star trio, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil could be shown the door at the end of the season, reports in England suggest
Hugely disappointed with the way his side performed since his arrival, Mikel Arteta is planning a major overhaul of a squad that has fallen below their standards this season.
The Gunners hover in mid-table obscurity, sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone and ten adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and are facing another season without Champions League football.
As a consequence, Arteta is looking to reshape a squad that has faltered since he took over the reins from Unai Emery, with three high-profile stars set for summer departures.
According to The Sun, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil could all be the victims of Arsenal’s inability to reach the top four and could leave north London in the summer.
Another season with the Champions League would mean another shortage of much-needed funds the Spaniard could use to boost his struggling team.
With Aubameyang and Ozil both entered the final 18 months on their respective contacts at the Etihad, Arsenal will be looking to offload them ahead of the 2020/21 season to avoid losing them for free.
While the German playmaker struggled to make an impact in the Premier League this campaign, failing to score a single goal and providing only one assist, the Gabon international has been Arsenal’s standout performer.
Indeed, the 30-year-old forward has netted 43.75% (14) of the Gunners’ total 32 top-flight goals and has been maybe the only bright spot in the utterly disappointing season for Arsenal supporters.
It’s been almost a year since Lacazette scored an away goal in the Premier League 🥶 pic.twitter.com/iFE2FKsEqS— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 2, 2020
Arteta hopes to persuade the ex-Borussia Dortmund man to sign a new contract, but if his efforts fail to come to fruition, Aubameyang could link up with Barcelona, who tried to lure him to La Liga this winter.
Lacazette has also found himself in the mix of players destined to leave Arsenal at the end of the season after failing to hit a single Premier League goal under Arteta.
The Frenchman has racked up just five league goals this term, often struggling to step up when he was needed the most, which could result in a summer farewell.
If the abovementioned trio ends up cutting ties with Arsenal, Arteta will use that funds to finance a summer spending spree, with the midfield department expected to undergo major changes.