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Arsene Wenger was determined to sell more than eight Arsenal first team players in the just concluded transfer window in order to clear up space on the wage bill, according to respected BBC journalist David Ornstein.
Ornstein has been explaining what happened to Arsenal in the just concluded summer transfer window and the journalist latest revelation is that the club had to clear-out a massive amount of players.
It was never going to be an easy task and we found it difficult to get rid of the unwanted players, thereby impacting negatively on the club’s pursuit of its targets.
“Clubs and agents were made aware that offers would be entertained for the likes of Wojcicech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Mohamed Elneny, Jack Wilshere, Chuba Akpom, Olivier Giroud and others,” he said on Twitter, as reported by the Daily Cannon.
Of all the player’s listed by Ornstein, it was only Szczesny and Gibbs that the club could sell. There were no permanent offers for Jenkinson and Akpom, so the club had to send them out on loan. Wilshere, Elneny and Giroud all rejected the chance to leave the Emirates for different reasons while Chambers was forced to stay after Gabriel Paulista was sold to Valencia.
Had the club been able to get rid of most or all of these players, it would have boosted us with enough funds to bring in players that would strengthen us and also help us renew the contract of other players at the club.