An in-depth “special report” has been published today by The Athletic regarding the current situation of Arsenal.
Some comments from Arsenal insiders were interesting, particularly regarding Mikel Arteta’s approach to press conferences.
His comments have raised concerns among some club members, with many feeling that “too much of what Mikel says publicly is not true”.
The summer transfer window will be absolutely crucial for Arsenal. They are unlikely to operate on a high transfer budget, but massive rebuilding work is needed.
The report claims that Arsenal staff are under the impression that at least five senior players — David Luiz, Willian, Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin — want to leave the club.
Arsenal fans probably won’t shed any tears if some of these players departed, given their below-par performances this season.
The likes of Luiz and Willian are on high wages, and given the financial constraints the club is under, it makes sense to let them go.
There are two sides to the coin, and Arteta has to find the balance.
The primary focus should be on bringing up fresh new faces and build a team around a nucleus of top young talents.
However, losing players like Xhaka, Bellerin and Leno means Arsenal will miss their leadership qualities in the dressing room.
The squad will lack experience and will look even more callow without them. It’s a big decision for Arteta, and a crucial summer window awaits.