Arsenal are aiming to wrap up a further two departures this week after finalising the £5m sale of Lucas Torreira to Galatasaray.
With the intention to get rid however possible, Arteta and Edu have a long-term plan that no longer features either of the two players currently taking up two valuable places in Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads.
As stated by Collings, central defender Pablo Mari is now no longer required following the return of William Saliba who has slotted straight into Arteta’s first choice XI.
Talks remain on with Serie A side Monza, who are keen to sign the 28-year-old on an initial loan that would then turn into an option or obligation to buy permanently next summer.
Mari is said to be keen on the move due to his success in Italy last season with Udinese and therefore it’s simply down to the clubs to finalise the details of the deal.
Meanwhile goalkeeper and forgotten man, Alex Runarsson is set for another spell away on loan after the Gunners made it clear he still wasn’t in the pecking order.
With Ramsdale taking the number one jersey and Matt Turner arriving in a £7.5m move, the future of Runarsson was made clear when 20-year-old Karl Hein was promoted last week to the first team.
That looks to be Arteta’s picks for the upcoming season, leaving Runarsson with no other option than to look for a new club or head out on loan again following his £1.8m move in 2020.
The report states that Antalyaspor are still interested in signing the 27-year-old and formal talks are already underway, leading us to believe that this is now a matter of time.
Should both players depart this summer it would leave Arsenal with a first-team squad of 26 recognised players, with a maximum of 25 players allowed to be registered for the Premier League.
With Arsenal set to still make two more signings, it could be a question of who gets the cut if they fail to make any more departures with the window closing September 1st.