Unai Emery has confirmed that he expects more players to leave Arsenal in the coming month.
20 players have already left the club – some permanently, others on loan – ahead of the new season and with the transfer window still open for other clubs in Europe it looks like the clear-out process could run all the way to 2 September.
It’s widely believed that the Gunners will entertain offers for Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Elneny, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan although it seems unlikely any will be forthcoming for the latter pair. Kelechi Nwakali is also up for grabs.
If he recovers from injury, Emile Smith Rowe could head out on loan to a club in Germany.
“We were changing players at the last moment,” reflected Emery in his first pre-game press conference of the new season.
“We had with Laurent Koscielny the first captain but just five days ago he left. Other players were coming in, we finished our market but it is at the moment open in other countries.
“In the next 20-25 days some players will leave. It’s the reason, I want to close our squad clearly.”
While the coming weeks could be quite unsettling for a few players in our squad, it doesn’t look like we’re set to lose anyone we want to keep. That can’t really be said of other clubs around the league, so it looks like we’re quite well placed going into the new season.