Edu can land £100m spending spree for Arsenal with Mesut Ozil leading exodus

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be boosted by a huge summer spend in 2021.

The former Spain and Everton midfielder has struggled to put together a consistent run of form so far in his first full Premier League season as a manager, despite their recent spree.

The Gunners brought in five players last summer while parting ways with almost £80m, and they could do something similar next time around should they be able to sell some fringe stars.

With Arteta insisting that his team is a work in progress, we take a look at potential outgoings which could free up around £100m thanks to both transfer fees and mammoth wage cuts.

Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have all been linked with moves away from north London before the 2021/22 season, which will free up funds at the Emirates.

With Ozil earning £18million in wages each year, his exit will make plenty of space for new signings.

Lacazette is also earning big bucks, and will likely also bring in a fee in the region of £40m.

Kolasinac could go for a fee of around £10m, with Sokratis in the same situation.

Arteta said when asked of his team can compete in all competitions at the start of November: “I think now we have the numbers to do that, I think we can rotate players.

“I think we have enough players in the squad to be able to maintain a really competitive squad.

“We’re playing every three or four days at the moment and you start to get injuries, suspensions and whatever comes is going to get more and more complicated.

“This is our obligation, to try to compete in every competition and we’re going to be trying to do that until the end. Obviously, the circumstances will dictate how well we can do that.”

With club legend Ian Wright saying on Match of the Day 2 after the loss at home to Aston Villa: "It's as bad a performance as I've seen from an Arsenal side.

When you consider only two of them were playing in midweek. It was poor in every department.

“They need to break the lines, they need space to hit the ball into, they were dithering on the ball.

"It was a million miles away from the performance against Manchester United. They were streets ahead of us today."

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