Arsenal, under new boss Unai Emery, have done their business work pretty fast earlier this window and are now solely concentrating on offloading fringe players to trim the squad size. Several stars, who featured prominently under ex-boss Arsene Wenger up to the previous term, are now surplus to requirement for the Spaniard who is reportedly willing to listen to offers for Danny Welbeck, David Ospina and Mohamed Elneny, ESPN FC understands.
Welbeck, the 27-year-old England international, has often been criticized for his lack of goal-scoring traits and despite a few promising outings last season in a makeshift wide attacking role, the Gunners are preferring to let him leave this summer over losing him for nothing next year when his contract will run out amid no plan to offer the Three Lions star a new deal at Emirates being the third-choice centre-forward behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
David Ospina, similarly, has become their third choice custodian behind veteran Petr Cech and new recruit Bernd Leno. The 29-year-old Colombian ‘number 1’, therefore, is seeking a move out to secure first-team minutes and the club, too, is welcoming offers for their exiled goalkeeper. Arsenal have reportedly turned out Napoli’s loan offer as they are eyeing a permanent transfer amid rumors of Besiktas’ interest. The North London giants, however, can still offload Ospina abroad (until the traditional 31st August’s deadline) beyond today’s transfer deadline which is only applicable to the English market and the player, hence, is pretty unlikely to feature again in Arsenal colors.
Mohamed Elneny, the Egyptian midfield star, had a dismal World Cup campaign and is now behind Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and the newly recruited midfield duo Lucas Torreira and Mattéo Guendouzi in the pecking order under Emery. The 26-year-old former Basel midfielder might be on the move and is also likely to be transferred out abroad within the end of this month when the window will slam shut in other European countries.