Arsenal ‘could net £159m transfer windfall’ to fund key summer signings

Arsenal could receive around £159m if Mikel Arteta decides to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a host of other fringe players.

The Gunners are in turmoil once again after being dumped out of the Europa League by Olympiakos last night.

A 2-1 defeat at the Emirates to the Greek outfit means the chances of playing Champions League football next term look even slimmer.

Youssef El-Arabi grabbed the crucial away goal to sink Arteta’s beleaguered Gunners.

Results had been improving under the ex-Manchester City assistant manager. However, a summer overhaul now looks inevitable as he plans to get the side back on track.

According to , Arteta could receive a significant cash windfall if he starts offloading players.

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Aubameyang is Arsenal’s key asset, but the Gabon international is out of contract in 2021 and Barcelona retain a long-running interest in the experienced £80m plus-rated forward.

It’s suggested Shkodran Mustafi might also be available in the summer for around £13.5m.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, meanwhile, could also be sent packing for a mooted £16.2m fee.

Sead Kolasinac’s place in the first-team is also now under threat following the emergence of Bukayo Saka.

Mohamed Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who both out on loan at Besiktas and Roma respectively – also look to have no future at the club.

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Completely remoulding Arsenal’s defence is expected to be an Arteta priority once the campaign is over.

Starsport understand the north Londoners remain keen on RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and want to pair him up with William Saliba, who is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne.

Reports in Spain suggest Thomas Partey could also be on the agenda.

The exciting midfielder has a tantalising £42m release clause in his current Atletico Madrid contract.

Following Arsenal’s Europa League horror show, club legend Martin Keown warned some players weren’t listening to Arteta.

"It was the first time I felt that the players were not responding to the manager and the manager did not know what changes to make,” he said.

"There were so many disappointments in that Arsenal performance. There were so many unprofessional performances from players. Such a poor game for Arsenal.

"If you break down the performance you could have looked at every single player and say that they could have all done more. Nicolas Pepe is going to have to improve. Gabriel Martinelli should have come on a lot earlier.

“Granit Xhaka was taking the easy way out. A lot of players were not playing their best."

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