Mikel Arteta to sanction seven summer transfer exits that could raise Arsenal millions

The Gunners are expecting a very busy summer transfer window when the season comes to an end with a number of players moving on

Strength in depth is something that Arsenal have been able to add to their squad in recent transfer windows. Whereas in seasons gone by, Mikel Arteta has had a very restricted pool of players he can trust, this season he feels he’s got closer to a squad that compete for the very biggest trophies.

Still though, there is scope to do more. Arsenal are keen to add at least a forward player, a midfielder and a defender to their ranks this summer. New signings may not stop there depending on movements elsewhere in the squad.

But with heavy investment likely to once again be on the agenda, the Gunners know that they will have to generate some money from player sales. Last summer was slightly underwhelming on that front. Granit Xhaka, Folarin Balogun and Matt Turner all left for decent fees, but Arsenal were ultimately hoping for more.

With teams all over the Premier League and beyond looking at the talent they possess there is hope that those wrongs could be righted this time around. Here takes a look at some of the players Arsenal are open to moving on.

Arthur Okonkwo
Arthur Okonkwo has had a string of really impressive loan spells recently. Last year he spent the first half of the season at Crewe before going on to win the Austrian Cup with Sturm Graz. This season he has established himself as first choice at Wrexham, keeping 11 clean sheets in 27 appearances as the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney-owned club seek promotion to League One.

Despite that impressive form Arsenal are set to lose this Hale End graduate on a free. The decision was taken in the summer to allow Okonkwo to join Wrexham to give him more exposure at this early point in his career. The 22-year-old will not be signing a new contract in north London though, and will leave this summer.

Cedric Soares
We’ve been here before, but it does seem that Cedric Soares is finally going to leave Arsenal this summer. The Portuguese full-back came close to joining Galatasaray and Besiktas in January, but ultimately ended up staying in north London.

Compared to the first half of the season where he played just 65 minutes, Cedric has garnered far more game time since the winter break and has made three Premier League appearances. With his contract up in the summer though and Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jakub Kiwior all ahead of him in the pecking order in the full-back positions, he will leave on a free.

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