Gibbs to lead exodus from Arsenal as window closes
Arsenal are preparing for an exodus of players in the final days of the transfer window. The club are finalising the £7 million departure of Kieran Gibbs to Watford and are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi.
Incoming signings are now unlikely but a combination of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s refusal to accept a new contract offer of £180,000 a week and Wenger’s desire to reduce his squad has meant that there will still be plenty of transfer activity between now and Thursday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s participation against Liverpool today has become doubtful following his failure to agree a new deal and, unlike their stance with Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal’s attitude is that they would prefer to sell rather than potentially lose him for nothing next year. Chelsea and Liverpool are preparing to bid but Arsenal have not yet received the expected £35million offer. Similarly, Arsenal are willing to lose Mustafi if they can recoup the