Pundit tips five Arsenal first-team mainstays to quit amid 'massive' Athletic reveal
Bernd Leno, Willian, David Luiz, Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka will all leave Arsenal this summer.
That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Athletic reported that Arsenal staff believe the quintet want to quit the club in the upcoming window.
The five have a combined total of 682 Arsenal appearances but none are enjoying their most glittering season at the Emirates.
The Gunners are floating around mid-table amid a backdrop of fans’ discontent with the KSE regime.
Kenny predicts that the five will jump ship in the summer, though he does admit that wages could be an issue for potential suitors.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “None of them are in the best of sorts. If they want to leave, it will be a massive change, but let them go.
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“If they don’t want to be at the club, you may as well. Who’s gonna take them though? That’s the problem. They’ve hardly pulled up any trees at Arsenal.
“They will all be on massive wages. So if they want to get them off the books, it’s going to be a tough one. They might have to stand some of their wages to get rid of them.
“I think particularly with Willian, it was such a daft decision to give him a three-year contract. It’s cost them dearly.
“But, at the end of the day, I think they probably will leave.”
Willian signed a three-year deal at Arsenal in the summer after being released by Chelsea.
He has struggled in North London, netting just once in 37 appearances.