Arsene Wenger has confirmed that a decision has been made over a clear-out before the summer transfer window is brought to an end.
The Arsenal manager has been able to secure the services of two new players so far with Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, who both featured on Sunday, strengthening the squad.
However, the fact that very few first team players have been offloaded means Wenger has more players than he needs at his disposal heading into the new campaign.
The likes of Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson have been rumoured to be on the brink of leaving the Emirates stadium.
And Wenger has admitted that some of his first team stars will now be allowed to secure transfer moves away from the club.
“To be honest the number is too high and we will let some players go,” Wenger said.
“Too much competition for places is detrimental, like a lack of competition for places is difficult as well. I agree with you that 33 is too high.”