Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wenger Puts Up Gunners Sale Sign

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wenger Puts Up Gunners Sale Sign

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ARSENE Wenger wants to slim down his Arsenal squad before making any further additions.

Some of the north London club's shortcomings, particularly defensively, were exposed as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.

Gunners' manager Wenger has not ruled out more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month - but his immediate priority is to move out unwanted players.

The Frenchman said: "I expect to sell players first.

"We have too many players. It is not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation - that is why the transfer market is quiet.

"We have 33 players at the moment. We have too many players."

Regarding arrivals, Wenger said he could not get into "transfer mode" in the immediate aftermath of the loss at the bet365 Stadium.

Arsenal outplayed Stoke for long spells and were aggrieved not to gain at least a point after a strong penalty appeal was rejected and a goal disallowed. …

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