Liverpool vs Arsenal: Unai Emery tells two players to leave before September 2
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has asked defender Shkodran Mustafi and midfielder Mohammed Elneny, to leave the club before the European transfer window closes on September 2.
The Gunners have already recouped £50million from the sales of Alex Iwobi, Krystian Bielik, Laurent Koscielny, David Ospina and Carl Jenkinson.
Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Stephan Lichtsteiner have all left too, as they contracts expired over the summer.
But Emery is still keen to move more players on.
Neither Mustafi or Elneny is likely to feature in Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Liverpool and Emery, speaking to the media on Thursday, said: “We now have some players who know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and I really want the players to be happy here, I want them to be protagonists.
“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy. I spoke with them a lot of times last year and in pre-season, and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists, be happy and continue their careers.
“They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
“But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them – and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and get another challenge with another team.
“We respect them, and they are training with us, but they know their situation.”