Arsenal: Xhaka coy when quizzed on club future
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Arsenal could sell Bernd Leno if they find a replacement for Mikel Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper, according to reports.
The German has been unconvincing during his three years at the Emirates Stadium and the Gunners may look to cash in as part of a big summer revamp.
Arteta has been given the confidence of the Arsenal board to lead an important transfer window, despite overseeing one of the most disappointing campaigns in the club’s recent history.
Arsenal failed to qualify for either the Champions League or the Europa League for the first time in over a quarter of a century.
They finished eighth in the Premier League and their defence of the FA Cup ended in a fourth-round defeat by Southampton.
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A poor season was compounded when they were beaten by Villarreal in their Europa League semi-final and denied an all-English final against Manchester United.
Arteta has already called for vast changes at the club this summer and several senior stars are set to leave.
Defender David Luiz will depart when his contract ends at the end of the month.
Long-serving right-back Hector Bellerin could end his 10-year association having garnered interest from Italy and his native Spain.
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Leno, Granit Xhaka and Willian have also been linked with departures.
Arsenal will sell Leno if they can find a replacement for the 29-year-old, according to the Mirror.
Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Ajax No. 1 Andre Onana but are waiting to see if his suspension from football will be lifted.
The Cameroonian was banned for 12 months in February having tested positive for a banned substance. Onana has appealed the suspension and insists he mistook the drug for an aspirin pill.
He would be the first of several signings for Arteta this summer. The Spaniard has insisted that his squad must be improved this transfer window because the club has fallen far behind their Premier League rivals.
“The squad needs changing,” Arteta conceded in May.
“There were already a lot of changes in December, something that has not been done in years, but it tells us where we were. Things are going to have to change and the owners are going to back it up.
“Time is catching up right now.
“It’s a trend, it’s years now that this has been happening. If the distance and the margins with the rest become too big, then it’s almost impossible to do it.
“We are still on time, and we have put some very strong pillars and foundations in the last few months to do what we have to do.
“We know what has been going on inside here for the last 18 months.
“We know. We only know, the ones that are here. How we have built that is incredible.”
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