Arsenal manager Unai Emery has told defender Shkodran Mustafi he can leave the Gunners before the European transfer window deadline.
Emery had told newsmen that they expect to sell players, with Arsenal looking to offload Mustafi and Mohammed El Neny.
The 27-year-old Mustafi who has two years left on his contract is not keen to leave, but Emery has hinted that he told him he could go.
Emery said: “I spoke with him when we finished last season, I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave.
“But I don’t have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good player. Maybe we decided to be more competitive in each position, at centre-back with David Luiz, with another player in the middle with [Dani] Ceballos, with Kieran Tierney, with [Nicolas] Pepe.
“I think being more competitive we can respond better in the season. Some players maybe they can play less with that situation and can leave.
“But it’s one decision taken with the player, with the club, with the team. At the moment he is here and really if we need, he plays with us. I have confidence he will do well.”