Dharmesh Sheth told the Transfer Show on Sky Sports (16/08/21 at 5:05 pm) that Arsenal want to sell duo Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson but there are ‘no official bids’ for the players.
The Sky reporter spoke about the ‘financial reality’ facing Arsenal this summer, as they are trying to ‘free up wages’ in order to bring fresh faces through their doors.
Both Maitland-Niles and Nelson are back-up options at the Emirates and nothing suggests that they will be handed the regular game time that they crave.
This is the damning verdict a Sky reporter delivered on just two of Arsenal players that they are trying to sell in order to ‘free up wages’.
“Such is the financial reality of the pandemic,” said Sheth. “It’s one thing saying we want to offload or sell or free up wages.
“There is a list of players (Arsenal want to sell). It’s something we have been speaking about for the entire window.
“Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson, we are told there is internet but no official bids for these players. (proceeds to name Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Eddie Nketiah and Lucas Torreira).
“Arsenal aren’t in isolation here. There are so many squads in the Premier League that have got squads that are inflated. High wage bill. That they just want to offload players to streamline that squad and streamline that wage bill.”
Someone like Nelson is unfortunate because the 21-year-old has been mismanaged at Arsenal.
He came off the bench during Arsenal’s defeat against Brentford on Friday night and still can’t earn that start.
Last season, Willian was handed countless minutes under Mikel Arteta despite producing abject performances.
Yet someone like Nelson was left to rot, whilst his other fellow academy stars were shining amongst their decline in the Premier League.