Mikel Arteta has hinted that the January transfer window will see some departures as the club try to trim a bloated squad.
There are hopes that Arsenal will try and bring in at least one new face, but with a limit on the number of non-homegrown players allowed to be registered, moving some players on will be an important part of what happens next month.
There’s already some movement with Sead Kolasinac expected to join his former club, Schalke 04, on loan until the end of the season, and there may be more with attempts to resolve the futures of Sokratis and Mesut Ozil – both out of contract in June and currently not registered to play.
Asked about plans for the window, the Arsenal manager said, “Well, we have a large squad, we knew that and a lot of things we wanted to do in the summer, we couldn’t accomplish for different reasons.
“There are some players that are going to go on loan, they are going to leave, and that’s the priority at the moment.
“We cannot sustain the numbers that we have in terms of substitutions. We are looking to do that and then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help.
“We are working with the club to find that.”
With regards to incoming business, Arteta was asked if he had to mindful of how a new arrival might stand in the way of burgeoning young talent like Emile Smith Rowe.
“We need to be careful with that, but obviously financially, it’s not only only us, it’s every club in the Premier League who has been hit with big numbers.
“We know that this is not going to change from the last year or so and we are going to have to add some of how we want to improve the team in different ways financially.
“We will decide whether it’s a loan or buying players in relation to the opportunity that we have in the market.”