Arsenal could sell up to eight more players from the first-team squad before they bring in any more new signings this summer.
It’s no secret the Gunners have been trying to sell several of their unneeded players this summer to fund a move for £55m-rated Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere and Lucas Perez are all believed to be for sale, while Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel could be sold for the right price too, I believe.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are expected to offload some of these players before they consider making any more signings, with Arsene Wenger previously admitting: “The number (in the squad) is too high. We will let some players go.”
Arsenal’s squad has 33 players. As per Premier League rules, they can only register 25. You can certainly see why signing any new player would be difficult at this stage. With just over three weeks to go before the transfer window shuts, Arsenal will have to work fast to trim the squad.
Lucas Perez has been linked with Deportivo, Fenerbahce and Newcastle, but Arsenal’s asking price is proving to be an obstacle. Similarly, West Brom and Newcastle were interested in Kieran Gibbs but didn’t want to pay Arsenal’s asking price.
Calum Chambers has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace if the Eagles would meet Arsenal’s asking price. Jack Wilshere could also make the switch to another London club, with West Ham reportedly keen.
Gabriel is a transfer target for Valencia, while Arsenal accepted a bid for Mohamed Elneny, before the midfielder blocked a move. If the Gunners can cut most of these eight players from the squad, they’ll raise a lot of money for a marquee signing.