Arsene Wenger has reiterated the need to sell players following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

Inevitably, Arsenal’s defeat on Saturday spurred on questions about the transfer market and who Arsenal could buy to solve all their problems. Wenger, though, was keen to remind people of Arsenal’s need to sell first.

“I expect to sell players first, that is all,” Wenger said, as reported by ESPN.

“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.”

We’ve been hearing about this for a few weeks now and progress has been sluggish.

The players we want to sell – the likes of Debuchy, Jenkinson, Gibbs and Lucas – are still at the club, while perfectly capable first team players like Szczesny and Gabriel have been sold for a combined £20m.

Be it because of high transfer fees or high wage demands, clubs aren’t exactly lining up to take our deadwood away,

There are 11 days remaining in the transfer market which means Arsenal need to get a move on if they want to bring in anymore players.

Lucas seems to be the closest to leaving, with Arsenal potentially working out a loan deal with Deportivo. Debuchy has been recently linked with Marseille and Besiktas but will probably find a way to not join either club. It’s all silent around Jenkinson and Gibbs.

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