Emirates Stadium boss looks to sell players before transfer window shuts.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will look to complete a major clear-out of unneeded squad players as he goes about balancing the books ahead of possible further additions this summer.
The North London club have brought in Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud thus far this summer and have of course covered much of that cost from the £24m sale of Robin Van Persie to Man United. Now Wenger will push on with attempts to offload five players who have little or no chance of forcing their way into first team action this season.
Wenger is not known for spending large sums on players and has been told by the club’s board that any further additions would have to be partly funded by a reduced wage bill and transfer fees resulting from the sale of current players, this is despite the fact that Arsenal are running in a far more financially stable manner than just about every other Premier League outfit.
Wenger has been attempting to sell Sebastien Squillaci for the best part of a year, such has been his disastrous spell at the Emirates Stadium.
The veteran defender has looked off the pace and out of his depth, and Wenger is keen to sell the French international for as little as £1m. The former Sevilla man is apparently a target of newly promoted side Bastia though they are said to be reluctant to meet the centre back’s pay demands.