Wenger on summer plans, recruitment and losing some players

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Arsene Wenger says that the Arsenal squad at the moment is ‘heavy’ and has suggested that the club need to lose some players ahead of next season.

There are many issues on the playing front, with the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez the top priority. However, it’s not those players who the club would envisage moving on: instead fringe players and those who rarely feature are the main candidates for departure.

Speaking to Arsenal Player in the wake of official confirmation of his new two year deal, the Arsenal manager was asked about his summer plans and admitted there would some squad turnover.

“First of all, we have a very heavy squad at the moment so maybe we might lose some players,” he said.

“We want to keep the strength we have and build on that. We will work very hard to find the additions of top, top quality.

“I believe that our squad is very strong and we will only look for top-class people who can strengthen our team now.

“The basis is there so we need the additions who will make a real difference.”

The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell, Jack Wilshere, Lucas Perez and others could be deemed surplus to requirements, freeing up money to be used better across the wage bill.

As for where we might specifically be looking for players, Wenger was not that forthcoming.

“First of all, we look at the top, top quality available,” he said. “We have seen in the recent games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United that we are a very strong team.

“For us it’s very important that we only consider the players who can really make a difference, no matter where it is.”

It is understood that Arsenal are actively seeking a central midfield player with Schalke’s Leon Goretzka high on the list.

It’s also reported that the club are close to finalising the signing of Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru, which would suggest at least one departure from the forward line-up at the moment.

Olivier Giroud has been linked with Marseille and Lyon in recent days, while Perez’s time in England will more that likely end with a move back to Spain. Sevilla are said to be interested in the former Deportivo man.

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