Although Arsenal have so far in the summer transfer window spent £66 million in landing four stars all in the month of July, but it seems Arsenal manager – Arsene Wenger may have more work on his hands as earlier thought with the Gunners likely to loose two of their first team players, which the Arsenal boss is expected to replace upon their departure.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is looking increasingly likely to move away from the Emirates this summer with Atletico Madrid seeming like the most plausible destination.
La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, who need to replace the attacking menace of Diego Costa who joined Chelsea for £30m, have money to spend and have already started their planning for the new season with the capture of French winger Antoine Griezmann.
The 29-year-old Spain international has performed well in London since joining from Malaga two years ago but, after struggling to settle into the English lifestyle, is eying a move back to his homeland – according to AS.
Cazorla announced yesterday that the Gunners must replicate Atletico’s blueprint for success if they are to lift the Premier League trophy this season.
“They had an incredible season last year,” he said.
“Winning titles takes several campaigns, I admire everything they have conquered. Many people do not realise how hard it is to win a league competing with Barcelona or Madrid.”
Another first team player which could exit the Emirates this summer is Gunner’s captain Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen has been on the fore front of transfer speculations this summer with many reports suggesting that the Belgian is on his way to Manchester United in search for first team action after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates behind a Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny Pair.
New United boss – Louis Van Gaal has pointed out Vermaelen as his likely choice for a centre-back with the Dutchman placing premier league experience as a priority in his decision in landing a centre-back.
New Barcelona boss – Louis Enrique has also identified Vermaelen as a potential centre-back target for his side, as the Nou Camp boss tries to place his team back on track ahead of the new La Liga season.
The Gunner’s captain is yet to return to training with the Arsenal first team as the 28-year-old is on holiday where he was spotted with former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie at a beach after the World Cup with his national team side Belgium.
Now new Arsenal signing – Calum Chambers has further fueled rumours of the exit of Vermaelen when he was pictured training with his new team-mates in a No 5 shirt on Tuesday.
Although it has been widely reported that Chambers will wear the No 21 shirt in his first season at Arsenal, the picture of him wearing No 5 has raised further questions over the future of Vermaelen.