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Arsenal boss Arteta to oversee nine-man clearout

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to oversee a nine-man clearout this summer.

The Sun says while Arsenal let a number of players move on in January, either on loan or permanently, it appears they are not done. And, while new signings are expected, Arteta has also been tipped to add three academy players to the first-team setup ahead of next season.

Arsenal are keen to raise £60m from the sales of out-of-favour players. That money is expected to go towards new recruits, with a striker the main priority.

The London club could miss out on £15m for Lucas Torreira, who is due to return from his Fiorentina loan rather than joining the Viola permanently. However, the Uruguayan could still leave, while out-on-loan trio Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pablo Mari have also been linked with permanent exits.

Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are both out of contract this summer, while Matteo Guendouzi and Dinos Mavropanos have already agreed on exits for when their respective loans end. The ninth player tipped to depart is Bernd Leno, who lost his starting place to Aaron Ramsdale this season.

While Arsenal are likely to dip into the transfer market, the same report names three academy talents tipped to make the step up to the first team. Charlie Patino, Miguel Azeez and Omari Hutchinson have all made matchday squads this season and could be given extra responsibility next term.


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