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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta puts seven Gunners stars up for sale

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has taken the decision to offer up seven first-team players for sale in an attempt to raise funds for upcoming transfer bids. The Gunners are expected to strengthen significantly this summer, but have to sell players first.

Arsenal confirmed their first signing of the summer transfer window on Friday as they announced the arrival of Willian.

The former Chelsea winger signed a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, and will earn a reported £220,000-per-week.

His contract, once add-ons and signing bonuses have been factored in, is set to cost the club upwards of £35million.

The club have two more expensive deals planned, including bids for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has also been tipped to move to north London for a year.

But each of those deals will likely be significantly expensive, and therefore Arteta will have to sell players.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for seven first-team players, including Mesut Ozil.

The Gunners are also ready to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Calum Chambers and Matteo Guendouzi.

Mkhitaryan has been out on loan at Roma this season, and that is believed to be his most likely destination if he is moved on this summer.

Ozil, who is on a reported £350,000-per-week, reportedly enraged Arsenal chiefs earlier this week by defending his decision to not take a pay cut.

He also insisted he wouldn’t be pressured into leaving the club, claiming he would stay in north London until the end of his contract next year.

“My position is clear,” said Ozil.

“I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club.

“I’ll decide when I go, not other people.

“I didn’t sign for two or three years.

“I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone.”

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