According to Mirror UK, the Gunners’ hierarchy wants to sell their four defenders, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal, this summer.
Reportedly, Unai Emery should sell the four players in order to fund for new signings after their defeat in the Europa League final.
The Gunners finished a point behind Tottenham before losing 4-1 to Chelsea in the Europa League final last week – with Lichtsteiner an unused substitute – a result which means they now face a third season outside of the Champions League.
Lichtsteiner appeared to post a farewell message to the Gunners on his Instagram account on Monday – and it is believed the club are not expecting an extension to his contract.
“Dear Gunners. We were close to add an important chapter to this amazing club’s history. But to be close … is unfortunately not good enough,” Lichtsteiner posted on Instagram alongside a slideshow of images from the loss to the Blues in Baku.
“This is hard to accept. I’m very disappointed. It was our objective to bring Arsenal back on the highest international level and to win trophies. Both belong to this great club.
“I wish my teammates, my coach and his staff, all hard-working employees and all Gunner fans simply the best! I’m confident our team can complete our mission next season!
“I loved to be a part of this club. It was a great challenge and experience without a happy end, unfortunately. Thank you very much for your overwhelming support! It was much appreciated! See you, Stephan”
Lichtsteiner made 23 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal and scored his only goal for the club in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackpool in October.