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ARSENE WENGER is adamant he must cut down his Arsenal squad in the remaining days of the transfer window.
The Gunners currently have 31 first-team players on their books and Wenger insists his squad is too big.
Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez, Carl Jenkinson, and Mathieu Debuchy are among the names expected to leave before deadline day.
Wenger has hinted he would be open to signing more new players this summer but he has to get some out of the door first.
Following their 1-0 defeat at Stoke, Wenger said: “I expect to sell players first [before we buy]. We have too many and it is not manageable.
“We have 31, that’s too many. But I am not after a game like that in transfer mode.”
Arsenal suffered their first loss of the new Premier League season after Jese netted a debut goal to give Stoke victory at the bet365 Stadium.
On the clash, Wenger said: “It’s a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances – we should have won the game comfortably.
“We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn’t offside.
“It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal.
“It was difficult to get the fluency. We tried but we couldn’t find the goal.
“There was lack of anticipation in the box with the second ball.
“To lose a game like that is disappointing You don’t want to lose games that you should win.”