The honest approach of Arsenal star Sokratis Papastathopoulos will benefit Arsenal in the long run, according to Paul Merson.
The Greek defender has made it clear a lack of game time will see him consider his future in north London.
Mikel Arteta is set to oversee a summer clear out as he looks to mould his Arsenal squad with his remit to push the Gunners up the table.
And the club's former player thinks an honest approach from players who don't want to be there will serve them well in the transfer market.
He said in his Daily Star column: "Unless Mikel Arteta gets some players in and out of Arsenal this summer this team is going to finish seventh or eighth next season.
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"I’m not surprised Mesut Ozil’s agent says he’s not going anywhere though. Where can he go on that money? If he was on £50,000-a-week everybody would be trying to sign him but because he’s on £350,000 everyone hates him.
"Arteta needs to get players out though, and I don’t think he’ll be too upset that Sokratis says he’ll go if he’s not playing enough. I like players who are honest like that to be fair to him. It’s better than being prepared to just sit around picking up your money.
"Arsenal need to get their wage bill down and get rid of players who don’t have a future there. So Sokratis is expendable.
"But I hope Arteta gets to bring in a few too because he hasn’t really got his own players there yet.
"He will need a good pre-season and some new signings but I can see progress already even though they went out of the Europa League."
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