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Mikel Arteta urged to ‘ship out’ half of the Arsenal team

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Mikel Arteta needs to sell half of his team this summer with Arsenal needing a complete rebuild, according to former midfielder David Bentley.

Arteta has a difficult job on his hands and must be ruthless enough to sell half of the current Arsenal players, believes David Bentley.

Two wins in their past two games after consecutive losses has calmed the air for the Spanish manager since the restart of football.

Despite the above, the Gunners still haven’t looked as coherent enough as some of their fellow rivals have been.

Arteta and Arsenal are unlikely to make Champions League football next season but there are strong hopes Europa League could be achievable.

For the 38-year-old manager to get the club back on track, tough decisions might have to be made and that would include shipping out the deadwood.

This is the opinion of ex-Gunners midfielder David Bentley who believes Arsenal need a core rebuild starting with Arteta disposing of a number of players in his ranks.

Bentley told 888Sport: “I don’t know what the thinking is at boardroom level because Arsenal need to ship out half the team and get a good core in. That’s difficult but can be done.

“The major problem is that we don’t know if they’re singing from the same hymn sheet at boardroom level.”

Despite his shambolic performances of late, Arteta backed David Luiz of late and the club rewarded him with a one-year-contract extension. Bentley believes that was a wrong move and there were better candidates for the Gunners to consider.

Bentley added: “I don’t know if it’s because of a lack of preparation in getting players in but the recruitment with the back four is a problem. It always has been. David Luiz is problematic.

“He’s a great technical player but if you want to bring the youth through and create a winning mentality is he really the type to help with that? I was surprised at the new contract.

“I don’t know why they didn’t look to bring in Gary Cahill or someone like that, over David Luiz. Maybe Luiz is more fashionable. Cahill has the core ability and has been there and done it. He would have been more of a fit for Arsenal.”

Regardless of the Gunner’s struggles, they look to be on the right path under Mikel Arteta.