EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has suggested that Arsenal have at least one new centre-back signing in the pipeline as they prepare to lose both Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny before the end of the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender says that the Gunners must have a transfer plan in place if they are to allow the senior pair to leave north London, the duo having been regulars in the first-team for the last couple of seasons.

Koscielny refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour due to his desire to leave while it has been claimed that the club are looking to get rid of Mustafi before the end of the transfer window.

Mills says that with Arsenal preparing to lose two senior centre-backs before the window shuts a week into August, it must mean that the Gunners have got other players lined up to take their place.

Mills told Football Insider: “Koscielny has now downed tools and wants to go, Mustafi now going to leave. How many do they bring in? They must have plans to bring somebody in if they’re going to lose two centre-halves, two mainstays.

“Whether you like them or not, they are mainstays of that club, they have been a massive part of that club for the last couple of seasons. They must have somebody lined up and deals in the offing that they can get done.”

Mustafi played 31 times in the Premier League for Arsenal last season, scoring two goals, while Koscielny featured in just 17 league games due to injury.

The Gunners kick off their top flight campaign with a visit to Newcastle United on August 11, three days after the transfer window slams shut.

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