Mikel Arteta wants to overhaul his Arsenal roster at the end of the season and star men like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could be sold, reports The Sun.
Mikel has made a huge impression at the club since replacing his compatriot Unai Emery before Christmas and the general feeling is the Gunners have made huge strides already on the pitch.
The only thing missing from Mikel’s start to life as a manager is results and the head coach is ready to be ruthless with the squad in the summer.
He has only won three of his first nine games in charge of Arsenal and things are yet to really click in the final third even with Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Lacazette all starting.
There have been suggestions all campaign one of Lacazette or Aubameyang will move on at the end of the term to free up funds to spend but Mikel could axe both.
Aubameyang is reportedly determined to play UEFA Champions League football next term and the north Londoners are unlikely to secure a top-four finish this season.
Lacazette, meantime, has scored only five league goals all season and has not netted away from home against a current Premier League team in 662 days.
Meantime, Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli has revealed that Barcelona turned down the chance to land him before he finalised a move to England.
“Shortly before the Sao Paulo Cup I spent a few days training in Barcelona. I spent 15 days there,” the Brazil U23 international told a Spanish outlet Marca.
“Barcelona invited me to train with them in La Masia but afterwards they didn’t want to do anything with me, they didn’t tell me anything… I went back to Ituano, I played Copinha and then I came to Arsenal.”