Arsenal are preparing to let two more players leave what is already a packed squad as Arsene Wenger attempts to sort his defence out before next weekend.
The Gunners surprisingly let go of Gabriel last week and are now ready to allow Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall to join Birmingham City on a season-long loan deal, according to Sky Sports News.
Wenger currently has 36 players in the first-team squad and is desperate to clear out some of the smaller names in order to promote some space and funds for a new signing.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 21, 2017
Bramall joined the club as Arsenal’s only January signing this year and is yet to make a competitive appearance for the first-team but was recently promoted from the academy.
Wenger has high hopes for the 21-year-old who is expected to come in as a replacement for Nacho Monreal in the next couple of season’s, along with the arrival of Sead Kolasinac.
As for Jenkinson, he’s been a player on the ‘outgoings’ list for a while now and it appears a loan option is the only way to get him off the books, with very little clubs interested in a permanent deal due to his wage demands.
Both players will link up with Harry Redknapp’s new-look Birmingham side who have struggled in the early stages of their new campaign as he continues to tinker with a damaged squad.
Jenkinson will be desperate to get some regular games in a competitive environment, whilst it will allow Arsenal a chance to assess what Bramall is like against tougher opponents.
Birmingham came in as surprise candidates to take the duo on but it will be welcomed news to Wenger who can now concentrate on bringing in a top level centre-back.
Many fans have argued the defence isn’t prepared for a season in the Europa League and are demanding at least two more arrivals before the end of the transfer window on August 31st.