Arsenal will allow defender to leave amid Valencia interest


Arsene Wenger has plenty of dead wood to shift before the end of the summer transfer window.

Arsenal’s 33-man squad needs trimming and a number of players have been told they are free to leave the club.

Among them is Gabriel Paulista, who the Sun claim is attracting interest from Valencia.

The 26-year-old has been usurped by Rob Holding in the pecking order, with Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, and Per Mertesacker also ahead of him.

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New signing Sead Kolasinac also proved in the Community Shield win over Chelsea that he can play at centre-back, as the left-back was required to come on in place of a bloodied Mertesacker.

Arsenal are only asking for £10million for Gabriel, so they are set to make a loss on the £11.3m they spent on him two years ago.

Wenger is being very reasonable in allowing his fringe players – including Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers, and Lucas Perez – to restart their careers elsewhere, but actually finding clubs who are willing to take them on is perhaps easier said than done.

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