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Arsenal: Mustafi, Oxlade-Chamblerlain and other dead wood out; Lemar, Asenio and Van Dijk in

by | 27th, August 2017

Big news at Arsenal, where perennial, toothless ‘tomorrow man’ Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, is smelling the money at Liverpool or Chelsea, lightweight left-back Kieran Gibbs is being offered to anyone, striker Lucas Perez is stinking up the place and if Arsenal can recoup the £34m they paid Valencia for Shkodran Mustafi, the troublesome German is out the door. And that’s before the Gunners look at Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, two star turns yet to sign new contracts, and poppadom-boned Jack Wilshere – all in the final year of their respective contracts.

Will the Gunners upgrade? After all, those players could only muster a fifth-place spot for Arsenal in last season’s Premier League. If Arsenal are serious about bringing about what the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis called a “catalyst for change”, better players are needed. The manager’s not going anywhere, so the club needs players who can do something different.

Which leads to the rumour that Arsenal are prepared to meet Real Madrid’s £75m buyout clause to sign Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 21, from Real Madrid, and continue to wave wads of cash at Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, 21, and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26.

It’s going to be busy at the Emirates before the transfer window shuts.

 



Posted: 27th, August 2017 | In: Arsenal, Sports Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink