Arsenal are looking to sell several players this summer to reduce the size of their squad.
- Arsene Wenger admitted to needing to trim the squad
- David Ospina, Lucas Perez, and several others could be sold
- Wenger wants to keep the core of the squad together
After signing his new contract, Arsene Wenger admitted to having a large squad that could be in need of trimming this summer. A number of fringe players and players who have been out on loan are expected to be sold to free up space and wages for new signings.
Wenger wants to keep the core of his squad together, which means keeping hold of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez despite their contract situations.
Some of the names reportedly up for sale are David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs Joel Campbell, and Lucas Perez.
Ospina is expected to join Turkish side Fenerbahce soon after failing to establish himself as the number one keeper at Arsenal. There are reports that a £3m fee has been agreed.
Debuchy has had horrible luck with injuries and, at 31, has no long-term future at Arsenal. He’s been up for sale for a while now, but injuries have prevented moves from happening. Now that he’s fit again, he should be able to leave.
Gibbs, Campbell and Perez have all struggled for first team football and could leave to be starters else where.
Gibbs place is under considerable threat after the arrival of Sead Kolasinac, while Campbell’s unproductive loan at Sporting is unlikely to convince Wenger to keep him around. Perez has been unfortunate, as he was signed despite Wenger not rating him that highly.
Wojciech Szczesny and Carl Jenkinson are also expected to be leaving, while there are doubts the future of Olivier Giroud after he admitted to being unhappy with a lack of playing time.