Emirates Stadium side look to make drastic changes to their squad.
Arsenal will look to cut their wage bill with a significant squad cull this summer with ten players set to be axed by the North London club according to the Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to put an end to the club’s wage ceiling, that prevented any individual player earning more than £100k a week, but in order to make usher this change in the Gunners boss has been told to dramatically reduce the size of his unwieldy squad.
The Frenchman will see an immediate saving as he opts to not renew either Andrei Arshavin or Sebastien Squillaci’s contracts at the end of the season, incredibly this represents a saving of £7.5m per year on this duo alone, a sign of Wenger’s willingness to offer healthy long term contracts to players who do not even serve a significant role in his first team plans.
Wenger will look to permanent offload a raft of top earners who are currently out on loan with Nicklas Bendtner, Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, Ju-young Park, Marouane Chamakh, Emmanuel Frimpong and Denilson all surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal boss is also ready to listen to offers for experienced right-back Bacary Sagna after growing impatient at the lack of progress with regards to the French international signing a new contract.
This source believes the sale of these ten players would save £24m a year on wages and would also accrue a decent sum in terms of sales, which would then be ploughed back into the club as they look to build a more streamlined squad, opting for quality over quantity.