Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that a number of players will have to leave the club in the January transfer window.
The Spanish coach said this on Thursday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday.
Arteta believes Arsenal’s main priority in the January transfer window is to reduce the number of players currently in the first-team squad.
The former Man City’s assistant coach signed players like Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel in the summer window but he was disturbed by the club’s inability to trim down the wage bill.
“Well, we have a large squad. We knew that” Arteta said. “A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish for different reasons. There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave.
“That’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions.
“We are looking to do that. And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help from. We are working with the club to try to address them.”