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Four Players Want To Follow David Luiz In Leaving Arsenal

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Four Players Want To Follow David Luiz In Leaving Arsenal

Mikel Arteta could have a tricky summer ahead, with reports that four first team players want to follow David Luiz out of the Emirates this summer.

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On Friday, it was reported that Luiz would end his two year spell at Arsenal, following an 'amicable' meeting between the centre back and his manager.

The former Chelsea player's contract expires at the end of the season and neither party were interested in extending his stay in north London.

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Arteta was already looking at having to strengthen his side in the summer, with the Gunners not yet guaranteed to finish in he top half of the Premier League this season, and replacing Luiz just adds to his issues.

However his problems don't end their, according to the Athletic, Willian, Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin all want to follow the centre back out of the club.

Arsenal would be in desperate need of a new goalkeeper if Leno left. Image: PA Images
Arsenal would be in desperate need of a new goalkeeper if Leno left. Image: PA Images

The news of some players wanting to leave the club wouldn't be greeted with anything more than a shrug from some fans but losing Leno particularly would be an issue.

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Towards the end of last season the German keeper suffered an injury that left him out of the run in including the FA Cup final, which Arsenal won against Chelsea.

He was replaced by Emiliano Martinez, who put together an excellent run of form, but Martinez was told that Leno would be number one when he returned to fitness.

The Argentine was allowed to leave for Aston Villa and has continued to have an impressive season for Dean Smith's side.

It would come as even more of an embarrassment if Leno decided to leave the club after they backed him over Martinez.

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Xhaka could be soon on his way out of the Emirates. Image: PA Images
Xhaka could be soon on his way out of the Emirates. Image: PA Images

Having been on the verge of leaving the Gunners in 2019, after being stripped of the captaincy, Xhaka has become an important player again under Arteta.

The midfielder has started 28 league games this season, and has recently been used at left back due to injuries, and his departure would also be felt.

Willian has been the subject of much criticism in his first season at the club, after joining for free from Chelsea at the end of last season, and his desire to leave would likely be felt least.

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Bellerin has previously been linked with a move back to Barcelona earlier this season, having moved from the Spanish side in 2011.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, david luiz, Granit Xhaka, Willian, Premier League, Transfer gossip, Hector Bellerin, Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Bernd Leno

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