USMNT star Folarin Balogun is expected to be one of eight players to leave Arsenal as Mikel Arteta wants to trim his squad before the new season.
The Spanish manager has said that Arsenal’s 30-man first-team squad is “unsustainable” and wants the club to expedite efforts to offload fringe players, according to the Evening Standard. The Gunners will part ways with Nicolas Pepe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Auston Trusty, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares, Alex Runarsson as well as Balogun.After Arsenal beat Barcelona 5-3 in their pre-season friendly Arteta stressed that “things can happen” in the market indicating that he is expecting departures in the next few weeks.
After Arsenal beat Barcelona 5-3 in their pre-season friendly Arteta stressed that “things can happen” in the market indicating that he is expecting departures in the next few weeks.
“We have 30 players here which is unsustainable. Obviously the market is still open, and things can happen – but we are prepared. We are really happy with the squad we have at the moment, we obviously have improvements to make in terms of what we want to do in games, and we have to do that. Overall, I’m really pleased with the team,” he told reporters.Balogun was left out of the squad to face Barcelona and has has been spotted training away from the squad during their US tour. Arteta has said that Balogun missed the win over Barcelona due to a foot injury but avoided commenting on his future when pressed on whether the forward has a future at the club.