- Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen the club's defence by shipping out all flops
- Shkodran Musafi is headlining a list of central defenders who Arsenal could sell this summer
- Musafi has often found himself on the receiving end, with fans demanding for his sale
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly prepared to sell up to three centre-halves when the summer window opens.
Arteta rejoined the Gunners as manager back in December 2019, succeeding Unai Emery who was sacked after registering a string of poor results.
And nearly half-a-year into the job, Arteta is looking to assemble his own squad that fits his philosophy.
The tactician has underscored the backline among the departments that need strengthening, and has already identified a number of defenders he wants out.
Metro UK reports Rob Holding headlines a list of three centre-halves who Arteta is willing to listen offers for when the window opens.
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The 24-year-old has grappled with unending injuries, with a knee ligament leaving him sidelined for the better part of the 2019/20 campaign.
Holding joined the Gunners in 2016 under Arsene Wenger who snapped him from Bolton Wanderers.
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Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the other player on the chopping board despite the Greek having a year left on his current deal with Arsenal.
Joining the two on the list is Shkodran Mustafi who has often come under immense criticism from Arsenal supporters.
Whereas the defender has on several occasions insisted he is keen to remain at the Emirates, it is understood Arteta will be ready to entertain offers for him.
The German international signed for the north London club from Valencia four years ago in a deal valued at £35 million.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has sensationally conceded the Gunners feared playing Chelsea and other top teams during his time at the club.
Sagna spent seven years at the Emirates, having joined Arsenal in 2007 before he dumped the club in 2014 for rivals Man City.
But despite often making the top four during Sagna's stay at the club, Arsenal were seldom title challengers as Man United, City and Chelsea dominated the scene.
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