Josh Kroenke vows to be ruthless with Arsenal dead-weights as uncertainty continues over Mustafi’s future

ARSENAL chief Josh Kroenke has vowed to be ruthless with dead-weights in the Gunners squad.

The son of American owner Stan has promised to be “aggressive and decisive” with potential outgoings this season, with permanent and loan transfers currently in discussion.

Josh Kroenke vows to be ruthless with Arsenal dead-weights as uncertainty continues over Mustafi’s future3 Josh Kroenke, left, pictured with technical director Edu, has vowed to be ruthless with Arsenal dead-weightsCredit: Getty – Contributor
Josh Kroenke vows to be ruthless with Arsenal dead-weights as uncertainty continues over Mustafi’s future3 Centre-back Shkodran Mustafi's Arsenal future remains uncertainCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The news however may spell the end for unpopular centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, whose Emirates future remains uncertain amid speculation over a move to Roma. 

Kroenke told BBC Sport: “I would defer to our football operations staff but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that’s via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on.

“I’ll leave that to our football operations staff.

“So from a player’s perspective, whether it’s good or bad news I think the best thing you can do is be honest with the player because they’ve only got a limited window where they can be at their physical peak.

“I would say whatever we’re doing we’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to be decisive, and we’re going to communicate well and honestly through it all."

The Gunners had a successful summer window bringing in five new players before the English deadline shut on August 8.

Arsenal broke their club record to sign winger Nicolas Pepe for £72million from Lille while also bringing in defenders Kieran Tierney and David Luiz for a combined £33m.

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Midfielder Dani Ceballos was signed on loan from Real Madrid, with Brazilian star Gabriel Martinelli brought in for £6m.

Unai Emery was forced to flog skipper Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux for £4.6m after the centre-back refused to travel to the US for pre-season.

German international Mustafi is also thought to be for sale following the arrival of Luiz from Chelsea, with the European window closing on September 2.

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