Arsene Wenger has said that the squad of players at his disposal right now is too large – leading to speculation that there will be a bit of a cull at Arsenal in the next ten days.
The Gunners’ season has already hit its first bit of turbulence with a 1-0 Stoke on Saturday leading to fans demanding that signings are made before the window closes, but in speaking to the media after that defeat, stated that players would have to leave before more can be brought in:
“I expect to sell players first, that is all.”
“I expect some players to go because we have too many players and it is not manageable.
“Many clubs are in this situation which is why the transfer market is quiet. We have 33 players at the moment, and that is too many players.
“I am not in transfer mode after a game like that. We are more disappointed at the moment rather than thinking about buying players straight away tonight.”
Defender Gabriel Paulista completed a £10m move to Valencia on Friday, with Yaya Sanogo and Wojciech Szczesny the only other permanent first-team departures. Despite this, a handful more are expected to move on before next week’s deadline.
Others have been linked with a move away more tentatively – in all, Lucas Perez, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Oliver Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez are all less than 100% secure in their Arsenal futures right now.
It promises to be a very busy end to the window – in terms of outgoings if not incomings – at the Emirates.