Mikel Arteta preparing for big changes at Arsenal over the summer

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Mikel Arteta warned big changes are needed at Arsenal this summer, but said he hopes the days of the club paying players to leave are in the past.

Manager Arteta is under mounting pressure after Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League last week to leave them facing first season in 25 years without European football.

It is expected be a busy summer transfer window at Emirates Stadium and Arteta has stressed the need for a major rebuild of the squad.

Bernd Leno and Hector Bellerin are among players who could leave and Arteta is keen to make new signings, with owners the Kroenkes having given indications that they are willing to invest in the team.

Arteta has overseen a dramatic overhaul of his squad this season and the Gunners terminated the contracts of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi with expensive pay-offs. Arteta hopes those days are behind them but confessed big changes are ahead.

"There are so many things to do, because we already have a lot of players on loan, a lot of players with contracts still that we have to sort and it will depend what happens with a lot of those players," he said.

"And what we are able to recruit to improve the team is going to determine where we are. We have been sitting down the whole year, we have been in constant communication, and things will change. Some things will stick to the plan that we already have and some other things will come out. But we sit down very, very regularly to talk about those things."

Asked directly if he thinks Arsenal will be in a situation where they have to pay players to go, Arteta said: "I don't know where the summer will take us. I think every situation will be different and hopefully we are not in that position any more."

Arsenal are, however, expected to sell players, with midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, who have been on loan this season, likely to go.

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Decisions also need to be made over Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, as both have just over a year to run on their contracts, while David Luiz's current deal expires at the end of June.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock have done well on loan and could both be sold to raise funds.

Asked if he needs to sell players to bring others in, Arteta said: "I don't think it is completely like that, but it will restrict and it will alter some plans in relation to what happens with one or two."

Arsenal are back in action tomorrow night when they take on Chelsea.

Luiz is expected to miss the trip to his old club with a hamstring issue, but Granit Xhaka (groin) and Pablo Mari (ankle) could return.

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