Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his toughest decisions over the summer will be which players to let go.
The Gunners are expected to strengthen in a bid to be genuine title contenders in 2015-16, having fallen short this term. Wenger knows there will have to be some movement out of the Emirates if he is to bring in the likes of reported targets Petr Cech, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marco Reus, with the 25-man squad limit and homegrown quota both to be adhered to. Players like Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell are all set to return from loan spells, and Wenger has a balancing act to perform.
“The squad is the right number but the competition is right, not too big because too big kills competition, too short kills competition as well, so we have to find the right number that is a fair competition,” the Frenchman said.
Asked if players had to go out before others could come in, Wenger added: “Chronologically you do not always decide that. Sometimes you have to decide ‘okay, we have an opportunity, we do it and after we will see how we deal with the rest’.”
Wenger is also determined to keep hold of his key men and was quick to rebuff suggestions Barcelona were set to move for Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. “It is not realistic. Believe me, Barcelona know us well. They have gone through transfers with us. If they want someone, they call me,” the Arsenal boss said.
Another player going nowhere is Tomas Rosicky, the 34-year-old Czech midfielder having agreed a contract extension. Wenger said: “Tomas Rosicky is part of our cohesion...
he is in the position of (Mesut) Ozil, (Jack) Wilshere, Ramsey, (Alexis) Sanchez, where there is big competition but when he plays he is always top quality.”
Arsenal will be out to sign off their Premier League season with a win against West Brom to take some momentum into the FA Cup final. “For us what is important is to finish well and score again, but I am not especially concerned so lets just focus on the quality of the game we play.”
Meanwhile Tony Pulis admits the Baggies may sell Saido Berahino should a top-four club make an acceptable offer. “We don’t want him to go, he knows that,” said Pulis.
“It’s not all about money, it’s about his career. He’s a young kid but we’re not going to stop him if we get the right offer.”
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