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Arsenal boss expecting more outs than ins

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is expecting more players to leave than to come in before the start of the season.

The new season starts for Arsenal in two weeks but after promising to be in the transfer market in "a very proactive way", Wenger has yet to make any major additions to his squad.

Wenger has now admitted that he doesn't expect that situation to change before the start of the season with more outs than ins expected.

Speaking after the Emirates Cup Wenger said: "We must first count who is here and if we can add, we will. It is difficult to predict if we can.

"We have enough quality in the squad and any additions will be a bonus."

The manager also revealed that he is close to saying goodbye to two first team players.

"Gervinho is on his way to Roma and Marouane Chamakh is very close to signing for Crystal Palace," he confirmed.

Despite his frustrations in the transfer market this summer, Wenger was keen to heap praise upon Yaya Sanogo after he made his first start for the club.

He said of the Frenchman: "He did very well considering he has just returned from holiday and only had several training sessions. What he did was encouraging."

Wenger was happy with his team's performance despite losing 2-1 to Galatasaray, insisting his players are suffering from an exhausting pre-season tour.

He also admitted that he wasn't surprised to see Drogba back at the Emirates and up to his old tricks.

"We were exhausted," he said. "They took advantage of that and Drogba finished well. He has kept his strength and intelligence but Mertesacker was exhausted and he took advantage.

"The penalty though was very very soft - it was classic Drogba."

Arsenal have only 90 minutes of football standing between them and the new season with a game against Manchester City in Helsinki being their last friendly match.

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