Arsenal strikers on transfer list, but Emery wants to keep defender

Lucas Perez: Tough time at Arsenal

Unai Emery has decided that two Arsenal strikers are surplus to requirements and will be made available for transfer, but he is willing to keep a young defender, according to reports.

The new Gunners coach has put Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell, both of whom spent last season on loan away from the club, on the transfer list ahead of his first season in charge.

Perez has failed to live up to expectations since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016, whilst Campbell has been loaned out six times in his seven years at the club, making just 23 Arsenal appearances, and Emery has decided that neither have a place in his plans.

Campbell could be set to move to Galatasaray, with Fanatik claiming they have already agreed personal terms with the Costa Rica forward. Meanwhile, Lazio are interested in Perez.

Campbell’s contract expires at the end of the month, but he insisted he is not using the World Cup as a shop window.

“The World Cup won’t change my life, I don’t come here to show myself,” he said.

“I came to help my national team, everyone writes his own history and we have to look after group.

“I know about my contract and I know who I am. God has a plan for me.”

Meanwhile, Emery is happy to keep hold of Calum Chambers, who made just 12 Premier League appearances last season. According to the London Evening Standard, the Spanish coach wants to monitor the progress of both Chambers and Rob Holding in pre-season before letting either of them leave.

Chambers has been linked with a move to Fulham, but Emery has put the breaks on the switch.