Wenger: We need to trim the squad

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will try and offload more players after admitting his 33-man first team squad is too big.

So far only Yaya Sanogo, released on a free, Emiliano Martinez, sent on loan to Getafe, and Wojciech Szczesny, sold to Juventus, have left the Emirates this summer.

Speaking after Arsenal’s Community Shield victory over Chelsea, the boss said:

“To be honest the number is too high and we let some players go because too much competition for places is detrimental, not enough competition for places is detrimental as well. But I agree with you that 33 is too high.”

The boss said earlier in the week that Lucas Perez will be allowed to leave, while Arsenal are also happy for Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Debuchy to talk to suitors.

Question marks also remain over the future of other fringe stars including Jack Wilshere, Chuba Akpom and Calum Chambers.

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