Ruthless Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to wield axe on outcasts as seven could exit

Arsenal set for transfer firesale with outcasts put up for sale as ruthless Arteta confirms plans to trim bloated squad

Ruthless Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to wield axe on outcasts as seven could exit

Ruthless: Mikel Arteta

Arsenal are set to offload up to seven players from their bloated squad.

The Gunners are preparing for a transfer firesale as boss Mikel Arteta confirmed plans to trim his large squad.

The North London giants are currently Stateside for pre-season with new signing Gabriel Jesus on board with Oleksandr Zinchenko imminent.

Arteta has admitted there will be outgoings this summer as he looks to free up space in his team.

He said: "We have to. We have a big squad and now we have to make things happen.

"We have to make some decisions on the players that we're not going to be using consistently and be fair with them.

"That's a process that is going to start very soon."

Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are among the players that have been deemed surplus to requirements.

Midfielder Torreira was linked with a move to Valencia while the futures of Nelson - who scored in the 3-1 win over Orlando and Maitland-Niles remains in doubt.

Newly-promoted Fulham have shown an interest in keeper Leno who is settled in the capital, but Arsenal have rejected a paltry opening offer of £10m for their German No2.

Right-back Bellerin, who spent last season with Real Betis, also looks set to leave permanent with the La Liga side preparing an offer. 

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