Arsenal to offload some senior players
English Premier League club Arsenal is set to offload some of its players in preparation for the coming season
The London-based club have done some good business in the current transfer window as they continue their fight for Champions League football.
Last season, the Gunners saw the opportunity to play in the renowned competition slip away from their hands in favour of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, which must have been a hard pill to swallow.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and the club's sporting director, Edu Gaspar, hope for a turnaround this time and have signed many players who could help them secure a place in the top flight.
Arsenal have bolstered their squad ahead of the season's competition after signing Marqininhos from São Paulo, FC Porto attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira, USA goalkeeper Matt Turner and Manchester City's talented duo Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The arrival of these new players has added to Arsenal's squad depth, as has the return of loaned players to the Emirate.
Oleksandr Zinchenko was present at Arsenal's pre-season friendly match against Orlando City with sporting director Edu Gaspar
Arsenal's manager, Mikel Arteta, is fully aware of the high number of players in his first team and has revealed that he would release a number of players to make room for the ones in his plan.
"We have to." We have a big squad, and now we have to make things happen, " Arteta replied when asked about moving on some player. "We have to make some decisions on the players that we are not going to be using consistently and be fair with them." That is a process that is going to start very soon. "
Ivory Coast international player Nicolas Pépé is one player who has failed to establish himself since his big-money move to Arsenal. The 27-year-old's future with the Gunners remains uncertain as they signed another right-winger in Marqininhos.
Marqininhos could be a backup player for the position, solely owned by England's gifted player, Bukayo Saka, which could force Pépé away from the Emirate.
Nicolas Pépé scored only a single league goal in 20 appearances last season
The return of on-loan William Saliba from Marseille has raised stiff competition in Arsenal's central defensive position, especially after he finished his long loan spell in France as Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year.
Despite interest from different European teams in the Frenchman, Arsenal's Mikel Arteta has made his intention to keep him clear.
At a pre-season press conference, Arteta said, "We always have a plan, then we have to execute it." We are really happy to have William. You can see the way he has adapted; he is mature, and he is playing well. We are delighted to have him."
The presence of William Saliba in Arsenal's team could force the club to loan out either Pablo Mari or Rob Holding to create opportunities for other players, including Gabriel Magalhães and Ben White.
Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira could be on Mikel Arteta's radar for a move away from the Emirate after returning from a season loan with Fiorentina. Despite failing to reach an agreement with the Italian club on a permanent transfer, the Premier League club remain willing to sell the 26-year-old if the right offer comes along.
According to reports, Lucas Torreira left Arsenal's pre-season camp in Florida for Italy for personal reasons, which causes him to miss the friendly against Orlando City. However, it is unknown whether he will return as he is one of the players on Arsenal's transfer list.
Fiorentina are said to be very interested in the player following a successful loan spell in which he made 31 league appearances. The Italian club are still pushing to complete the deal despite failing in their first attempt.
Héctor Bellern is another player who could leave Arsenal this summer. After returning on loan from Real Betis, the 27-year-old is linked with a return to the Spanish club, and Arsenal would be open to letting him leave, as they already have the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cédric Soares playing in the same position.