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David Luiz and Willian to leave Arsenal as rebuild process begins

Arsenal have put the wheels in motion on a rebuild ahead of next season, with David Luiz and Willian both set to leave the club this summer.

The Gunners have had their worst season in recent memory, finishing outside of the European football places for the first time in 25 years while also failing to win any trophies under Mikel Arteta.

Despite that, the manager is somehow set to retain his job and be allowed to oversee a squad overhaul starting with the departure of two big-name Brazilians.

It was reported by The Athletic last week that after talks between both parties that both Luiz and Arsenal agreed that he should leave the club at the end of his contract this summer. The club were not planning on offering him a new deal and even if they did, he had no intentions of accepting and he will now leave the club.

Willian on the other hand was signed last summer by Arteta on a three-year deal when he didn’t extend his contract with Chelsea. He wasn’t wanted by fans at the time and his performances have shown why, with the winger only scoring his first goal for the club in the recent win over already-relegated West Bromwich Albion and registering just five assists in the Premier League – with three of those coming on the opening day.

It seems the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe and the added importance of Bukayo Saka to the team have made Arteta see the error of his ways, with Fabrizio Romano revealing that he will be allowed to leave the club this summer with the MLS a realistic destination.

As well as the two Brazilians, it’s expected that several other first-team players will leave the club too.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is expected to leave after informing the club that he wants to play European football to help his chances of taking over from Manuel Neuer as the national team number one, just one year after the club chose him over Emiliano Martinez as the long-term goalkeeper.

Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac are also likely to be allowed to leave, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly holding an interest in the Spaniard while Kolasinac is likely to stay in the Bundesliga after his loan to Schalke in January.

In midfield Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos will all likely leave the club with all failing to impress during their time at the Emirates Stadium, although Arteta’s budget to replace them is currently unknown.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang puts the captains armband on Alex Lacazette after his substitution during the UEFA Europa League Semi-final Second Leg...

In attack Eddie Nketiah is likely to be moved on too, while the future of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in question despite him signing a new £350,000 per-week three-year deal earlier this season.

Aubameyang has found himself displaced from the starting lineup by French teammate Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season. Lacazette has attracted interest himself but his style of play seems to suit Arteta a bit more, with his ability to play with his back to goal necessary for what the young coach is trying to implement.

Add to that the fact he is a couple of years younger, he’d likely be the preferred option to stay although that Gabon forwards contract could mean he is forced to stay and Arsenal cash in on Lacazette instead.

William Saliba is likely to return to the club following his loan spell away, with the suggestion that there will be a “clean slate” between himself and Arteta for him to try and break into the first-team again, while Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney will all be deemed as starters going forward.

The future of loanee Martin Odegaard is also in question, with the club keen to make his loan permanent but his interest in that not clear.

The Norwegian playmaker joined on loan from Real Madrid in January and has impressed, but with Madrid likely to want to refresh their ageing squad in the summer he will have a big chance of breaking into the team more regularly.

That would mean Arsenal stand next to no chance of keeping him, although it’s not a position they need to prioritise in reality.

It looks set to be an incredibly busy summer for Arsenal and with Arteta likely to stay in charge, there will be no excuses next year. It will be his squad, his second full season in charge and be decisions made by him. It’s quite literally now or never for Arsenal under Arteta.

Paris Saint-Germain Make Move For Arsenal Man

Paris Saint-Germain have made their first significant move of the transfer window by starting talks with Arsenal for defender Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard has been at Arsenal since 2011 when he joined from the famous Barcelona academy, and has made over 200 appearances for the Gunners in that time. He is the first choice at right-back and right wing-back for Mikel Arteta right now but it’s said to be a situation where everyone is open to all outcomes.

PSG are reportedly ready to make an opening bid of around £25million for Bellerin and while that is likely to be rejected as an opening offer, there is ongoing dialogue between the parties with a confidence that a compromise will be found swiftly.

The player is said to be open to the idea of a new challenge in Europe, with PSG looking to replace Thomas Meunier whose contract expired at the end of last season. Bellerin would be offered the chance to become first-choice right-back at the club to compete with Thilo Kehrer and play alongside the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti.

If a deal could be agreed between the two clubs, it’s expected that Ainsley Maitland-Niles would become the first choice instead of moving to Wolves with Portuguese new signing Cedric Soares acting as back-up. The club are currently in a position where they need to buy to sell, and they still want to sign a midfielder.

They have been strongly linked with Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid and there have been discussions around Houssem Aouar, in addition to the extension of the loan of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.

Bellerin’s career at Arsenal has been a rollercoaster. He broke into the side as a youngster with blistering pace and excellent attacking instincts, but clear deficiencies defensively. As he gained experience though, his attacking became less dynamic and his defending barely improved. He suffered a serious knee injury in February 2019 against Chelsea but seems to have now fully recovered after spending over nine months on the sidelines.

Once a top prospect in world football, he’s now a replaceable piece of a puzzle.