Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal will allow players to leave this summer and admits the squad is too big ahead of the new season.
The club have already allowed Wojciech Szczesny, Emiliano Martinez and Yaya Sanogo to leave and there are a host of other players whose futures are uncertain.
Wenger continues to insist Alexis Sanchez will not be sold, despite entering the final year of his contract, and recent reports have suggested he will now stay for one more season.
However, players such as Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Lucas Perez have all been widely linked with moves away.
There is also speculation over the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, and Wenger says he will look to offload some of his first-team squad.
“To be honest, the number is too high,” he said via The Telegraph.
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“We will let some players go. Too much competition for places is detrimental, but not enough competition for places is detrimental as well.”
Wenger has openly admitted Wilshere’s future is uncertain while Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed he is keen on Lucas Perez.
Arsenal are also yet to secure the future of Mesut Ozil who, like Sanchez, is in the final year of his contract and yet to extend – although it is expected he will stay at the club.