After taking over at the Emirates Stadium back in December, succeeding Unai Emery, Arteta has slowly started to implement his long-term vision at the North London club.
But for the Spaniard to be able to take it to the next level he is going to need plenty of support in this summer’s transfer window, which will open on July 27, the Premier League have today confirmed.
Whilst the summer window is likely to be an exciting time for the Gunners’ supporters, as they will be desperate to see Arteta add some fresh faces to his squad, it is going to be just as important that Arsenal can offload players as well.
The likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette have already been strongly linked with exits from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but the chances are that there will be a whole host of different names that Arteta either plans to offload or could be forced into letting go of.
And according to a fresh report by The Independent, it appears as though German outfit Stuttgart could be in the mood to launch a summer raid on the Gunners, with Greek centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos believed to be amongst them.
However, should Stuttgart begin to mount a serious interest an array of the Gunners’ players it should not come as that big a surprise to many, with the Bundesliga outfit’s sporting director being Arsenal’s former head of recruitment – Sven Mislintat.
Mislintat, according to the report, has kept a close eye on the development of a whole host of Arsenal’s players, with it being claimed that he is already close to agreeing a deal with the Gunners to sign defender Dinos Mavropanos, who spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan 2.Bundesliga side Nurnberg, on loan for the 2020/21 season.
As for Stuttgart’s interest in Sokratis, Mislintat was the man responsible for bringing him to the Emirates Stadium from Borussia Dortmund back in 2018 and remains a fan of the 32-year-old.
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Mislintat left Arsenal under a grey cloud back in February last year after an internal power struggle with the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi.
That means that it could make negotiations between the two clubs slightly awkward, but Stuttgart are keen on adding Sokratis and Mavropanos to their defensive line ahead of the start of next season.
But if the Gunners were to successfully offload Sokratis, claiming a transfer-fee for him, it could go a long way in boosting Arsenal’s transfer fund in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.