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Transfer Rater: Havertz, Sarr to Arsenal

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Arsenal continue Arsene Wenger transition by letting go of staff - source

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on Mikel Arteta's chances of replacing Arsene Wenger, contract extensions for Bayern's veteran players and more.

Arsenal have let a number of key backroom staff members go as they continue their biggest restructuring in two decades following Arsene Wenger's departure.

A club source confirmed to ESPN FC that head of medical services Colin Lewin was told on Monday that he was losing his job after 23 years at the club, joining several other long-term Wenger allies in departing.

First-team coaches Neil Bamfield and Boro Primorac, goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton and fitness coach Tony Colbert have also been let go.

Wenger's assistant Steve Bould has been told he can stay, although the Telegraph reported on Tuesday that the former Arsenal defender is waiting to see who the new manager will be before making a decision.

Arsenal are clearing the decks with the expectation that Wenger's successor will bring in a number of new staff members, while head of performance Darren Burgess -- who was hired last summer -- is overseeing a restructuring of the medical department.

Meanwhile, former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is expected to return to the club as an academy coach this summer, possibly in charge of the under-23s, although that appointment has not been finalised yet, the source said.

Ljungberg helped coach the U15s in 2016-17 before leaving with then-academy director Andries Jonker when he took over as Wolfsburg manager.

Retiring captain Per Mertesacker is taking over as the new academy director this summer.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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