Summer transfer window is already open and Arsenal have already said goodbye to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Petr Cech and Stephan Lichtsteiner as well as David Ospina who will be signing a permanent deal with Napoli after spending a year on loan.
However, those are not the only players that the Gunners want to sell as Arsenal are keen on finding buyers for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi. The three of them earn nearly £650,0000-a-week and none have provided the sort of consistent quality that Emery demands.
Arsenal put Mustafi on the market last season but were unable to move on from their £35million defender even though they would be willing to take a significant hit on the fee they paid Valencia for his services three years ago.
The suitors, who want to sign Mesut Ozil, are well aware that currently the money is not an issue and they know that he likes to live in London and play for the Gunners. For example, Ozil has turned down an offer of £1million-a-week from China.
In short the possibility of getting Ozil’s £17million per annum wages off the books, giving Arsenal some serious money to play with in the summer market, is slim indeed. The same is true of Mkhitaryan, whose stock has fallen precipitously since he left Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United.