Arteta set to shake up Gunners’ squad next season


ARSENAL will need to ring the changes following a disappoint­ing campaign in England and Europe and the Premier League outfit's summer recruitmen­t will determine how they respond next season, manager Mikel Arteta said this week.

Arsenal were knocked out of the second-tier Europa League last week and are ninth in the Premier League ahead of their clash at third-placed Chelsea today, facing the prospect of no European football for the first time in 25 years.

Arteta said that the club will also have to resolve the futures of several of their current players.

"There are so many things to do because we already have a lot of players on loan and a lot of players with contracts still that we need to sort," Arteta told reporters.

Arteta said he hoped they will not have to pay off contracts in the close season to trim their squad.

Arsenal endured expensive terminatio­ns of contracts for players who were left out of squad lists this season, including Greek defender Sokratis Papastatho­poulos and Mesut Ozil.

They also mutually terminated the contract of defender Shkodran Mustafi. "I don't know where the summer will take us.

“I think every situation will be different and hopefully we're not in that position anymore," Arteta added, before turning his attention to the team's young players.

"There's great potential with them. They're ready to take responsibi­lity in important moments.

“They have the level to do it, the hunger to do it and the right senior players around them to help as well. It's about how we click, how we're consistent." |

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