Arsenal to offload two first-teamers in summer cull

Matt Stead

Arsenal are likely to sell Danny Welbeck and David Ospina as part of their continued squad overhaul this summer.

Unai Emery has spent around £70million to strengthen the defence he inherited from previous manager Arsene Wenger.

Bernd Leno has arrived from Bayer Leverkusen, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos also joining from the Bundesliga.

Lucas Torreira, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Matteo Guendouzi have rounded off the Gunners’ incomings, but Emery will now concentrate on which players will be cut from his first-team squad.

The ‘two highest-profile players’ are likely to be Welbeck and Ospina, according to the Daily Telegraph. Arsenal ‘are focused on trimming the squad’, and neither fit into Emery’s initial plans.

The signing of Leno ‘means that a senior goalkeeper is likely to leave’, with Ospina the most likely candidate instead of Petr Cech.

Welbeck is in the final year of his contract in north London, and so the Gunners could look to recoup some money for the forward.

Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson, Chuba Akpom and Joel Campbell are named as ‘other obvious potential sales’.