Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta all but confirmed the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko last night before suggesting that his side’s priority in the transfer market now is to sell some of their fringe players.
The Gunners have had an impressive transfer window so far. They’ve brought in Marquinhos from Sao Paulo, Fabio Vieira from Porto, Matt Turner from New England Revolution and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
Now, they’re on the verge of signing Oleksandr Zinchenko from the Premier League champions, with Arteta confirming that they are only a few formalities away from completing the deal.
Arteta was asked what’s next and the Arsenal boss hinted at getting rid of players who will not play next season.
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s plan after signing Zinchenko is to sell players
In his press conference after the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Orlando City last night, Arteta was asked about his plans in the transfer window after Zinchenko’s arrival.
He said, as per Arsenal.com: “I don’t know. It’s what we have today.
“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.”
When asked if he was speaking about outgoings, he said: “We have to. We have a big squad and now we have to make things happen.”
Arsenal have a huge squad at the moment, and even though European football will be back at the Emirates this season, they still need to move plenty of players on.
Bernd Leno, Runar Alex Runarsson, Hector Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson are all expected to be sold before the transfer window shuts at the end of next month.
The problem Arsenal have at the moment is that there aren’t many suitors for all their fringe players. Some of them have attracted interest, but clubs are yet to meet the Gunners’ demands.
It won’t be easy for Arsenal to push every one of the above players out of the club, but Edu has to find a way to do it in the coming weeks.