Report: Arsenal are £50m down on what they thought this summer, with five players frustrating Edu
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Report: Arsenal are £50m down on what they thought this summer, with five players frustrating Edu

Arsenal have been getting increasingly frustrated in their attempts to move fringe players on and are as much as £50m down on where they expected to be.

According to The Sun, the Gunners were hoping to raise funds to the tune of around £50m by selling a number of fringe players this summer. The likes of Bellerin, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, and Mari were all expected to be sold, with Arsenal believing they’d get decent money.

However, The Sun reports how Edu and the Arsenal backroom team are struggling to move such players on and even believe that clubs are waiting their time. It’s thought any interested parties are holding off until the final days of the window, in the hope Arsenal will let players go for next to nothing.

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There was, however, good news last night in some regards. Bernd Leno is expected to join Fulham for around £8m, while Lucas Torreira is also said to be nearing a move to Turkey with Galatasaray.

After spending more than £100m once again this summer, the onus is now very much on Edu to move some players out the door. But he’ll be frustrated by the current state of play, and as the report mentions, will be acutely aware of the games other clubs will play.

TBR’s View: Arsenal Need A Clearout

To be fair, you can’t blame other clubs here. This is a group of Arsenal players getting nowhere near the first XI so why would clubs pay over the odds? They’ve every right to simply sit tight and wait.

For Arsenal, it’s more than annoying. They want to move people out quickly there can’t be much else more frustrating for Edu and his board to see players just hanging around picking up big money.

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