Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery says Danny Welbeck will not be sold, although Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell all surplus to requirements

Although the transfer window closed on Thursday evening for English teams, clubs in Europe’s other major leagues can continue to buy players until August 31

Luke Brown
Friday 10 August 2018 15:03
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Arsenal 2018/19 Premier League profile

Unai Emery has said that Arsenal will not consider selling Danny Welbeck this summer, although Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell have all been informed that they are surplus to requirements.

Although the transfer window closed on Thursday evening for English teams, clubs in Europe’s other major leagues can continue to buy players until August 31.

There had been much speculation that Welbeck could move overseas in an effort to revitalise his career after falling behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal pecking order, but Emery revealed the 27-year-old was not one of the three players who have been told they can leave.

“[On Thursday] the window closed here in the Premier League,” he said at Arsenal’s training ground on Friday, ahead of the opening match of their 2018/19 campaign, against Manchester City.

“Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to bring more players. We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave.

“But the other players are with us and we are going to work in the Emirates the day before the match with all the players. Only two young players are going today, to play tomorrow with the under-23s against Manchester City away. They are Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah.

“The others, they are with us and tomorrow we decide the group for going to the hotel and also the first 11 and the first 18 players.”

Emery has presided over a number of departures since taking over at Arsenal, with the club keen to trim their bloated first-team squad ahead of the new season.

Fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla were allowed to leave on free transfers to West Ham and Villarreal respectively, while Jeff Reine-Adélaïde and Chuba Akpom were both sold for small profits.

Danny Welbeck will not be sold by Arsenal

And on an otherwise quiet transfer deadline day, Arsenal sold Lucas Pérez to West Ham for £4m, although deals for Jenkinson, Ospina and Campbell failed to materialise.

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