Unai Emery has had a rather successful first campaign in charge of Arsenal on the face of things. The first season was always going to be one of transition following the Arsene Wenger era and the Spaniard appears to have managed to do well.
The manager will likely want to make changes to his squad in the summer as he has a better understanding of what is needed to improve his team, whilst it would also be safe to assume that he will have a clearer idea of who he does not want at the Emirates Stadium either, with one man facing the axe.
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According to a report by The Mirror, Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be sold in the summer as Emery looks to save money and use it to improve other areas of his first-team.
Arsenal want to continue to reshape their squad, with four signings being targeted with a need for a left-back and a left-sided winger among his priorities, whilst central defence and central/attacking midfield are also other positions that could be looked at.
The £27million-rated ace (Transfermarkt) may have only arrived in January, however, it is claimed the Gunners are keen to reduce their wage bill amid concerns of a tight budget and the £180,000-a-week Armenian could be one of the first to go.
Although Mkhitaryan has not been a bad signing in the time he has been at the Emirates Stadium, it would make sense to try and offload him in the summer as he has hardly been a revelation in north London.
Despite having suffered from a broken foot and missing the whole of January, he has been a regular in the first-team under the new manager, however, his figures have left a lot to be desired at times as he has just six goals and assists to his name in his 28 appearances across all competitions.
With Arsenal’s need to strengthen a number of positions significantly, and with a rather limited budget expected to be available unless the club achieves a place in the Champions League next season, selling some of their top earners may be the best way for Emery to improve his team.
Not only would Mkhitaryan be able to receive a transfer fee for the Armenian, but he would also clear a huge weekly wage cost that could then be used to try and bring in a number of players to the club and help further strengthen the side.
However, whether any teams would be interested in taking the 30-year-old off their hands would remain to be seen, especially given that he will likely have those huge wage demands where ever he were to end up in the future.
Arsenal fans, are you surprised that Emery could look to offload Mkhitaryan in the summer? Do you think he should or do you believe the Armenian should stay at the Emirates beyond the transfer window? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.
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