This summer could potentially be a seismic one for Arsenal.
The Gunners face the prospect of being without Champions League football for yet another season, and naturally, that will affect their plans in the transfer window.
And according to The Daily Mirror’s John Cross, it may have some huge implications regarding some of their most high-profile stars.
It’s suggested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang “seems likely to go” as he will have just one year left on his contract, Alexandre Lacazette wants to play in the Champions League, and Bernd Leno is attracting big interest.
After hearing about the report, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the situation, with some taking particular issue with Lacazette’s desire of playing in European football’s elite competition..
Lacazette wanting champions league football but he’s a large reason of why we’re out of reach of it this season…
— Griffin Mahomes III (@Griffin_______) February 13, 2020
Lacazette wants UEFA football when he can’t even score sitters
— Denizo (@Denking15) February 13, 2020
Lacazette wants champions league football . Dude should count himself lucky to play in the premier league. He should realistically be playing in the league 2.
— Martinelli FC (@danchiville) February 14, 2020
Lacazette wants ucl…he wants french football call..I want Scarlett Johnson. There are limits to these things.
— Arsenal Anoop (@ArsenalAnoop) February 13, 2020
Laca is uel and lower level
— (@Silentinho) February 13, 2020
A couple of fans meanwhile simply insisted that this showed how much of a mess Arsenal are in at the moment.
Arsenal gradually becoming Bolton wanderers, next season we will be relegated and in 3 years time we will be in the League 2, end of era
— Ọmọ Baba Fàyà (@Moyin_gcfr) February 13, 2020
Arsenal is a mess. I don’t know what I would do.
— Max n whiteley (@Maxnwhiteley2) February 13, 2020
One supporter of the north London side insisted former manager Unai Emery was right in his assessment of the players – the Spaniard having recently claimed there were some members of the squad who asked for more than they were giving back.
Emery was spot on! pic.twitter.com/NnyjaQBSOB
— Afc Henry (@_AfcHenry) February 13, 2020
It’s hardly the most ideal scenario for the Gunners heading into next season.
Mikel Arteta will no doubt want to make his own mark on the team and stamp his authority in terms of who he brings in to the club, and who he allows to leave.
With the Gunners currently in tenth in the table, it’s difficult to make a case for the majority of these Arsenal players being deserving of staying at the Emirates.
A rebuild could therefore be exactly what they need, but it’s certainly not the most promising sign that the Gunners’ high-profile players could be heading for the exit door.