David Bentley has told Arsenal to offload half of their team, including Mesut Ozil and David Luiz, in order to rebuild the squad.

Arsenal endured a dismal start after the three-month absence with consecutive losses to Manchester City and Brighton.

The Gunners clawed back some dignity with a victory against Southampton in the Premier League and also sealed the progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday.

The north London club are facing a restricted summer of spending because of the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis and may need to sell stars to raise funds for new signings.

And former Arsenal and Tottenham attacker Bentley believes Ozil and Luiz are one of a number of roster members that need to be shipped out.

‘Mesut Ozil and David Luiz are on large money and if Arsenal can move these players on then Arteta will be able to spend money on transfers,’ David told 888Sport.

‘I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in. That’s difficult but can be done.

‘The major problem is that we don’t know if they’re singing from the same hymn sheet at boardroom level.’

Last week, the Gunners confirmed David Luiz had been handed a new one-year contract to keep the defender at the Emirates until next summer, and David admitted he was perplexed over the decision.

‘I was surprised at the new contract. I don’t know if it’s because of a lack of preparation in getting players in but the recruitment with the back four is a problem. It always has been. David Luiz is problematic.’ Bentley added.