As Oleksandr Zinchenko looks set to become Arsenal’s fifth signing of the summer, a move welcomed by Mikel Arteta, the manager has made it clear that it’s time to start trimming the squad down to a more manageable size.
There are at least half a dozen players on the US tour whose futures likely lie elsewhere, and that aspect of our summer business is an important one, something the Spaniard insists will happen soon.
Asked if he expected more arrivals following the Ukraine international’s £30m move from Man City, he replied, “I don’t know. We have a large squad so we have to make some decisions as well on the players that we’re not going to be using consistently and be fair and straight with them and that’s a process that is going to start very soon as well.
“We have to [move players on]. We have a big squad and now we have to make things happen.”
It’s certainly been quieter on the outgoing front than the incoming one, but hopefully we can start to see a few deals done, generate some revenue, and bring the squad down to the kind of size it needs to be.
In the departure lounge
Bernd Leno: Linked heavily with Fulham, has one year left on his current deal.
Alex Runarsson: Has no future here.
Hector Bellerin: Into the final year of his deal, a move suits both parties.
Pablo Mari: Surplus to requirements at left centre-half, a move to Italy has been mooted.
Nuno Tavares: Zinchenko’s arrival means the door is open for him to depart, a loan move to Brighton one of the options.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: One year left on his deal. Clearly needs to be somewhere else for the sake of his career.
Lucas Torreira: Made it clear he doesn’t want to be here, there are some unconfirmed reports he left the training camp for Italy last night.
Reiss Nelson: Like AMN, just a year left, and with Arsenal still seeking a wide forward having missed out on Raphinha, his future surely lies elsewhere.
Nicholas Pepe: A deal all sides would like to get done, but as yet there’s been no concrete interest in the Ivorian international.
There may be others who attract some interest too, so let’s keep fingers crossed we can sell well and sell soon.