Arsenal reportedly set to try and move out some centre-backs after Gabriel signing/ Unai Emery wants Emiliano Martinez


A couple of reports in the English media on Wednesday have provided some insight into the potential outgoings we could see at the Emirates this summer.

Arsenal eyeing changes at the back

First up, the Gunners appear to be eyeing major changes at centre-back.

Arsenal have, of course, already welcomed centre-back William Saliba to the Emirates this summer after the youngster returned from his season-long loan with St Etienne.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon, the north Londoners finally announced the signing of former Lille stopper, Gabriel Magalhaes.

With Saliba and Gabriel now on board, Mikel Arteta has all of Rob Holding, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney and the two new boys to compete for three places across Arsenal’s three centre-back spots – proving Arteta does actually stick with a back-five in 2020/21.

And as you can tell, even if you took out the two left-backs who can play on the left of the back-three, that is still probably too many centre-back options to have on your books.

So, it should come as little surprise to hear the Evening Standard are reporting that:

Arsenal will try to move out some of their seven central defenders in a bid to balance the books, after completing the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes.

Amongst the defenders Arsenal may reportedly look to move on this summer are Holding, who has been linked with a Newcastle switch recently, Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac.

The ES also report that Chambers and Mustafi have been linked with moves. But the fact the pair are injured means they could be staying put.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Emiliano Martinez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal FC at Villa Park on July 21, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Emery eyeing Martinez

Elsewhere on the Arsenal front, former Gunners boss Unai Emery appears to be interested in brining one of his ex-players to Villareal.

As per the Telegraph:

Unai Emery is plotting a move for Emiliano Martinez if Arsenal tell the goalkeeper that he will not be their first-choice option this season.

The Argentine’s future for now, though, looks to be somewhat up in the air.

There were conflicting reports last weekend claiming that Arsenal were ready to cash in on Martinez and then that the north Londoners were going to offer him a new deal.

And according to the report from the Telegraph on Wednesday, Arteta has not yet told his goalkeepers who will start the season between the sticks.

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