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The one player Arsenal fans want Raul Sanllehi and Edu to sell to fund dream summer transfers

This summer’s transfer window could prove vital for Mikel Arteta as he looks to take his Arsenal rebuild to the next stage.

In the only window he has had so far, he made just two loan signings in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares. Although Mari’s move could become permanent in the summer.

One piece of summer business has already been settled with William Saliba joining from Saint-Etienne. If the rest of the 2019/20 season is pushed back due to the coronavirus suspension, he would still come to Arsenal at the end of his current deal.

With the Gunners at risk of having no European, football next season, however, they may need to offload players to raise funds for more quality signings.

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On March 16, we asked our Arsenal writers and supporters in the office to name the first star they would let go to do so. James Benge opted for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Art de Roche chose Shkodran Mustafi and Andy Ha landed on Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal fans were then asked to choose one out of those three players to sell first in the summer to fund a spending spree.

Most agreed that Ozil – who is on £350,000 a week, was the player to be let go with 46.3% voting for him, Shkodran Mustafi received 29.1% of votes and 24.6% of voters went for Maitland-Niles.

There was some debate around the issue, however.

Some even brought players that weren’t initially involved into the discussion.

As it stands there is reason for each of the three players initially mentioned to be sold by Arsenal.

Ozil’s wages are disproportionate when compared to his teammates and would free up a lot of space should he go. Alongside this, the Gunners could pursue a younger creative midfielder for Arteta to mould.

Despite Mustafi’s recent surge in form, he doesn’t look like a consistent first choice option, especially since Mari’s arrival as the club’s only left-footed centre-back. With his contract expiring in 2021, this could be a good time to cut ties.

As for Maitland-Niles, a young talented English player, he could command a decent fee. That being said, he has looked the best fit for Arteta at right-back and could be useful if he accepts the role thrust upon him.