Arsenal could be saying goodbye to seven first team stars this summer

It is understood that Arsenal could say goodbye to seven first team players before the summer transfer window is up.

The Gunners have had a fairly busy window so far, bringing in no less than four players on permanent deals.

Centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes is their most expensive arrival for £26m, while Willian made the switch from Chelsea on a free transfer.

Cédric Soares and Pablo Mari opted to make their loan deals permanent last season, and Dani Ceballos is expected to rejoin for another year from Real Madrid.

So with a relatively bloated squad, Mikel Arteta will now have to look to sell some players, or ship them out on loan at the very least.

One man who looks to be heading out of the exit door at the Emirates Stadium is Lucas Torreira, who has fallen drastically down the pecking order in midfield.

It’s understood that he will be returning to the Serie A, this time to Fiorentina on loan with an option to make the switch permanent for £20m.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos also looks to be heading to Italy, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming their interest in the Greek centre-back.

One area Arteta is definitely not short on is full-backs – and the Spaniard will be looking to shed some bloat from the sides of his defence.

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It’s thought that both Sead Kolasinac and Calum Chambers are on the transfer list, while first choice right-back Hector Bellerin is wanted by PSG.

Centre-halves Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding are also understood to be up for sale, with the returning William Saliba likely to be a mainstay at the heart of the defence this term.

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