Arteta warns Aubameyang may leave if Arsenal miss Champions League

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has warned Arsenal may be forced to sell some of their big-name players should they miss the Champions League for a third successive season.

The Gunners currently sit in 10th in the Premier League, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea .

But they are just five behind Manchester United in fifth – with a game in hand.

As things stand, the team finishing in fifth will be granted a place in next season's Champions League due to Manchester City's two-year ban from European competition imposed by UEFA.

City are appealing the sanction with the court of arbitration for sport and the outcome will dictate how spots at Europe's top table are allocated.

Top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates with Barcelona leading the race for his signature.

And Arteta says a third campaign out of the Champions League would lead to Arsenal possibly having to sell.

“The damage caused by the club not being in the Champions League is really big," said the Gunners boss. “The financial impact is  enormous because Arsenal is structured to be in the Champions League.

“While you can sustain being out of it for one year or two years, after that you have to start making big decisions.

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