Exclusive: Arsenal Look to Secure £30m from Sale of First Team Trio

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Emirates Stadium side look to cash-in on three of the Gunners first team squad.

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Arsenal are ready to hand boss Arsene Wenger a significant transfer war-chest to help boost his Gunners squad but the North London side are also ready to cash-in on a trio of first team squad members.

CaughtOffside understands that the North London side are actively looking for a buyer interested in signing German forward Lukas Podolski, with the 28 year old failing to make an impact when called upon this season.

The former Koln man had an impressive first campaign at the Emirates Stadium but has struggled for form this term, scoring just three goals in 12 Premier League appearances and offering exhausted forward Olivier Giroud little in the way of support.

Arsenal will look to bank at least £12m from the sale of the adaptable striker who’s value could rise if he performs well at the 2014 World Cup finals.

Wenger will also be ready to offload Spaniard midfielder Mikel Arteta following a very ineffective campaign from the 31 year old.

Indeed the Arsenal manager has already identified Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as a potential replacement for the former Everton man.

The Toffees are said to be ready to make an offer for their former captain and Arsenal will hope to garner around £8m from his sale.

With Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker being used as Arsenal’s first choice central defensive pairing the North London side will allow Belgian Thomas Vermaelen to leave at the end of the season with the former Ajax man keen on securing regular first team football after a frustrating 18 months warming the Arsenal bench.

Arsenal feel they can recoup the £10m they paid for Vermaelen’s services back in June 2009 knowing that on his day the defender is still a very capable performer.

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