Despite Arsenal lifting the Community Shield for the 15th time on Sunday, Arsene Wenger wanted to get straight back into business after the final whistle.
The Gunners boss made the bold claim that this week would see a number of household names leave the club as he prepares to trim down a squad of 33 members.
Arsenal are heading into the season with a squad filled with experience, talent and some promising youngsters in Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Krystian Bielik.
However, before the club are able to get back out into the transfer market to add more names to Alex Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, they must clear out the deadwood.
The likes of Lucas Perez, Kierab Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson are all expected to leave in the next few days before the Premier League campaign begins.
As well as the clear departures above, the futures of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are still unclear with Wenger suggesting the latter would be sent on loan again.
During the post-match interview following yet another win over Chelsea at New Wembley, Wenger admitted it was time to get down to business:
The number is too high, we will let some players go because too much competition for places is detrimental.
Not enough competition is also detrimental, but 33 is too high.
Not only does it free up places in the squad, the chance to get rid of the players above will hand over nearly £200,000 in wages for Wenger to reinvest.
Thomas Lemar and Jean Michael Seri now top Wenger’s transfer list and if he can get both of those deals over the line it’ll be an incredibly good transfer window in my opinion.
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