Arsenal are planning for a major overhaul this summer and in the first step to revamping their squad, the club have just released a handful of players.
In an official statement, the Gunners have just announced the names of the players who are moving out, from the men’s and women’s first-team squads as well as the under-18 and under-23 squads.
The statement read: “We thank all the above players for their contributions to the club during the periods of their permanent or loan contracts with us.
“You will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish you all the best of health, happiness and success in your futures.”
The first and the biggest name on the list is that of defender David Luiz who has had a really average impact at the club ever since joining them from Chelsea in 2019.
The centre-back is out of contract at the club and Mikel Arteta has thought it best not to hand the Brazilian a new deal. This means players like Gabriel and Rob Holding are going to get the senior roles in central defence next season.
Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard have also gone back to Real Madrid after their loan spells came to end. Ceballos had already hinted that he will not be coming back to England as he wants to play football in the La Liga next season.
But the Gunners have surely kept the door open for Martin Odegaard.
With Carlo Ancelotti taking charge at Real Madrid, Odegaard’s future has been cast in darkness and maybe that is why in their official statement, Arsenal have dropped a subtle hint about Martin Odegaard rejoining the club.
Hinting at potential re-joinings, the club have said: “All developments regarding players extending their contracts; joining/re-joining us; or leaving us will be officially communicated as soon as they are confirmed.”
Here’s the list of the first-team players who have been released(both men and women):
Arsenal are really pushing to bring back Martin Odegaard for the next season and with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm at Madrid, the Gunners should be able to sign the Norwegian on a permanent deal, given they agree to pay the demanded transfer fees.