Arsenal plotting bumper clear-out with four stars including Lacazette at risk

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Alexandre Lacazette is the biggest name at risk as Arsenal plan another bumper squad clear-out next summer.

The Gunners cut their wage bill by around £700,000 in January, but the Emirates' bean counters aren't finished just yet.

Arsenal chiefs are looking for more ways to slash costs as the club continues to grapple with the economic uncertainty of coronavirus.

Matchday income will remain non-existent for as long as supporters are unable to enter stadiums.

While the north Londoners also have a £120million short-term loan to repay to the Bank of England.

And with Champions League qualification also unlikely, Mikel Arteta's men are faced with a big financial shortfall.

Chief executive Vinai Venkatesham tightened the purse strings last month by letting Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos depart the club.

Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock also left on loan to save Arsenal a total of £16.5million in wages.

But more savings will be required in the summer, and that could force Arteta to trim his squad even further – starting with Lacazette.

The Frenchman has just over 12 months left to run on his £170,000 a week contract which was penned upon his arrival from Lyon.

Arteta has used Lacazette 27 times so far this season, but the club are reluctant to hand the 29-year-old striker a bumper new deal.

That could leave the Gunners with little choice but to cash in on the expensive forward who cost £52million back in 2017.

David Luiz also looks set to be on his way out of the club with Arsenal unlikely to offer the defender another one-year extension.

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    Other names on the Emirates departure board include out-of-favour midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

    Both players are currently out on loan and are expected to fetch around £25million combined when the transfer window reopens.

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