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Arsenal exodus touted, trio at risk of facing axe from Unai Emery

After a busy summer in which Unai Emery has been stamping his mark on his squad, the Arsenal boss could now green light up to three exits, according to reports.

The Spanish tactician has seen Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi arrive at the Emirates this summer, significantly bolstering his options ahead of his first campaign in charge of the Gunners.

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However, perhaps not only to balance the books but also to create space in the squad for his new arrivals, Arsenal are reportedly set to listen to offers for trio Danny Welbeck, David Ospina and Mohamed Elneny, as per ESPN.

All three players are affected by the arrivals of the summer signings as they are all likely to drop down the pecking order.

Ospina is now arguably third choice goalkeeper behind Petr Cech and Leno, while Elneny will see both Torreira and Guendouzi as additional competition for places.

As for Welbeck, with Emery already able to call upon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the final third, it’s difficult to see how the England international manages to secure regular minutes in north London this season.

Nevertheless, Emery must also be careful not to lose too much quality depth in his squad, as the Gunners are set to compete on various fronts this year.

From trying to get back into the top four in the Premier League to battling for the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup, they’ll need a deep squad to be able to rotate and rest players at key stages of the campaign too.

Should the trio named above secure exits though, Emery will evidently feel confident that he has more than enough at his disposal to do so even without them.

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