Arsenal legend, Charlie Nicholas, wants manager Mikel Arteta to remove three players from the first team squad.
The Gunners boss is rebuilding the team in his image as he prepares for an FA Cup final, and then a defining first full season in charge next term.
And Nicholas says it is imperative for Arteta to clear the “deadwood” at the club.
He said on Sky Sports: “This has been a tough test for Mikel Arteta, but I think Arsenal have realised they have got to go all out and sort the defence out. If the defence is sorted, they can start moving up the table.
Some players need moving out of the door, [Mesut] Ozil, Sokratis, [Shkodran] Mustafi – these players have to move on, and Arsenal need to freshen things up.
“The defence is key to the rebuild, they have been rebuilding for seven, eight years, this period in particular has been awful for Arsenal fans, but I think Arteta knows the right path to take.”