Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny are surplus to requirements at Arsenal.
That’s the message from Gunners boss Unai Emery who has told the duo they are free to leave.
Last season Elneny made just seven Premier League appearances and he’s yet to even make the match day squad for Emery this campaign.
Mustafi, meanwhile, endured a disappointing season at the heart of the Arsenal back four. The German has reportedly been in discussions over a season-long loan to Roma after failing to get a single minute of playing time this season, while Elneny is a target for Galatasaray.
After signing the likes of David Luiz and loanee Dani Ceballos this summer, Emery is now keen to move on players who will be left unsettled by a lack of first-team opportunities.
Their departures have been given the green light by Emery, who said: ‘Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and really I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here.
‘Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.
‘They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
‘But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and sign and to get another challenge for them with another team.
‘We respect them, they are training with us, but they know their situation and only I am wishing the best for them.’