Alan Hutton believes Arsenal is doing the right thing as they close in on allowing Nuno Tavares to leave the club on loan for Atalanta.
The Portugal under21 star joined them last season, but he struggled, and they have now signed Oleksandr Zinchenko to become one of their left-backs.
Mikel Arteta’s side has to offload some players from their squad, and Tavares could become the first to leave.
Hutton believes they are on the right path because players inevitably have to leave them after the additions they have made to their squad.
He tells Football Insider: “You look at the likes of [Oleksandr] Zinchenko and others who have come in. Obviously Arteta will be looking to free up space, especially on the wage bill.
“So I think it’s good for Arsenal to move players on that have done a decent job but who, in the future, aren’t going to be a first XI player.
“So I think that’s probably a good move.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
An unnecessarily big squad is a recipe for disaster, and we must trim down our current group to a manageable number.
Arteta has gradually signed players better than the options he inherited at the Emirates, and we need to flush out those who no longer fit into the plan.
Hopefully, we would get willing buyers or clubs that will take them on loan on favourable terms.