Unai Emery is under pressure to sell their highest earner Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the third back-to-back season.
Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and, the Gunners’ 4-1 loss in Baku means they face a third consecutive season outside of Europe’s elite competition and that’s set to have consequences on Emery’s budget and plans for next season.
The Spaniard has been given just £45million to reinforce his squad and has been told that the budget is so low because of an impending £50m pre-tax loss for the previous year, according to the Sun.
The Gunners have already released the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck but Emery is under growing pressure to cut the wage bill even further.
Ozil is Arsenal’s highest earner by a clear distance and his £350,000-a-week wages have limited Emery’s ability to reinforce the squad.
The German is happy in north London and does not want to go but he faces an uncertain future despite winning back his spot in the starting XI towards the end of the season.
Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray would all love to sign Ozil but are unable to afford his wages.
Arsenal would probably need to subsidise Ozil’s move to Turkey as well as accepting a far lower transfer fee.
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