The struggle for Arsene Wenger in this transfer window has not just being his inability to meet the valuation of his targets, the French tactician has been unable to offload the players he doesn’t need in his side.
The Gunners manager has already bolstered his squad ahead of the coming campaign with the signing of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette but transfer activities at the Emirates have stalled since the latter was signed.
With Yaya Sanogo, and Wojciech Szczesny being the only players offloaded so far, the likes of Calum Chambers, Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs are rumoured to be on the exit list of Arsenal.
Arsenal thumped the Premier League champions Chelsea to win the Community Shield and despite the Gunners victory, Arsene Wenger admitted that some player would leave the Emirates before the close of the window.
“To be honest, the number is too high,” he said.
“We will let some players go.
“Too much competition for places is detrimental, but not enough competition for places is detrimental as well.”
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Thomas Lemar and Michael Seri and if deals for any of the stars pull through, it will certainly create more competition in the Gunners squad.
Meanwhile, the Gunners will begin their Premier League campaign with a match against Leicester City on Friday.