Arsenal eye Brighton fixture ahead of summer squad rebuild
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Arsenal will be desperate to end a ‘difficult season’ on a high when they host Brighton & Hove Albion as an expected rebuild is on the horizon.
The Gunners will welcome Graham Potter’s men to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (4pm kick-off) for the final fixture of the Premier League season.
The added bonus is the return of fans for the final match after a bizarre campaign that had to be played largely behind closed doors.
Once the game ends, plenty of change is on the horizon, as it has already been confirmed that experienced defender David Luiz is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season among many others as manager Mikel Arteta continues to rebuild the north London outfit.
An amicable meeting between Luiz and Arsenal took place on Friday, where it was decided that he would leave when his contract expires in July.
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The 34-year-old Brazil international has been with the London club for the last two seasons, having signed from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.
Willian is also set leave the Gunners this summer, according to reports.
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The Brazilian winger signed a three-year, £100,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium in August, but has endured a difficult season with the Gunners, who face the prospect of missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years.
Numerous other players including Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi are all linked with moves away from the club, while Bernd Leno is rumoured to want to leave because of a lack of European football.
Midfielder Joe Willock who has impressed at Newcastle United is one that most fans are now hoping will be given a chance, although there is talk about a permanent switch across to the Magpies.
Willock, 21, has smashed six goals in just 12 games for Newcastle, and has now scored in five straight outings for the Magpies.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been out on loan at West Brom and is in a similar boat to Willock – it will entirely depend on whether boss Arteta sees a future for the duo at the club.