After beating Chelsea in the Community Shield, winning 4-1 on penalties, Arsenal turn their attention to the Premier League, kicking off with a home game against Leicester City on Friday.
Yet, before the season begins, Arsene Wenger has noted that there is still transfer business to be done. The Frenchman said: “We will let some players go. Too much competition for places is detrimental, but not enough competition for places is detrimental as well.”
His words, as reported by The Telegraph, suggest that the remaining business will focus more on cutting the squad as opposed to adding to it.
Squad players will now be on edge wondering whether they’ll be wearing an Arsenal shirt come the end of the window.
But, who is Arsene Wenger likely to sell in order to reduce the size of his side?
The Englishman, who started against Chelsea in the Community Shield, has been subject to speculation linking him to Everton recently, despite a decent performance against the Blues.
Ronald Koeman’s free-spending Everton are rumoured to be considering a £30m deal for Welbeck, according to the Mirror. The Toffees want a player that can play the role of a target-man and stretch teams with their pace and Welbeck is the perfect man.
For Arsenal, selling the striker is viable due to the signing Alexandre Lacazette and after signing him three years ago for £16m, the sum Everton are willing to pay would see them almost double their money.
Having spent the season out on loan at Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere, despite playing regularly, did little to impress his parent club after failing to score and only assisting twice.
He returned from his loan early because he suffered an injury and he is yet to return to first-team action. This has led to Wenger suggesting that the Englishman may be allowed to leave.
The Arsenal boss, as reported by The Telegraph, said: “I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.”
Another Englishman set to exit Arsenal is Kieran Gibbs, who only made 11 Premier League appearances last season.
The left-back has had his first-team chances reduced by Sead Kolasinac’s arrival and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started in Gibb’s position in the Community Shield.
The 27-year-old looks set to join Watford after a short bidding war involving the Hornets and West Brom, according to the Mirror.
Marco Silva seems intent on increasing his homegrown quota having already added Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah, and Gibbs certainly fits the bill, having earned 10 caps for his country.
Originally posted on The Boot Room.