Wenger talks Lemar, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mustafi rumours

Date published: Thursday 24th August 2017 10:00

Arsene Wenger says that both signings and sales should be expected at Arsenal over the next week.

The Gunners have purchased just two first-team players so far this summer, with Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette arriving.

Wenger is keen to sell players from what he perceives as a bloated squad however, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Shkodran Mustafi linked with exits.

The Frenchman wants to keep both players despite rumours of interest from Chelsea and Inter Milan.

“I want to keep everyone on board. We invested a lot of time and money in players like Alex,” he said.

“I want him to stay. He is one of the players the team needs to be built around. I want him to commit to the club.

“I want to keep my best players.

“For me they have a responsibility to the club. I am highly determined to keep him.

On Mustafi, he added: “No I don’t expect him to go. It’s difficult for me to talk about any individual cases.

“It’s always very difficult to predict what will happen and how will you respond to any solicitation.

“I am completely happy with the strength of the squad. I have said already we have too many players. Some players have no chance to play.

“If you have too many players of confirmed status you are in a difficult position to give a chance to young players.”

A move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has been mooted for months, but Wenger now considers that transfer “dead”.

“It’s dead because Monaco have closed the door and are still on cases like Mbappe and Fabinho,” he said.

“Monaco is at a stage where they have closed the door.

“Both (ins and outs) can happen in the last seven days.”

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