Arsenal may well be dictated by something else other than cash flow.

Lots of lines in social media articles and sports news are being filled with rumour, hearsay and more about who Arsenal will go for this transfer window, after securing the extension of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes and the free transfer of Willian.

Top of the list is Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, but common knowledge is the fees that are being circulated are around £50-60m. So raising that figure will invariably involve selling some of our squad.

Another reason why we need to sell is the homegrown player rule.

Premier League clubs are permitted to have up to 17 non-homegrown players in their squad. That leaves six players that must qualify as homegrown players.

Doesn’t sound too difficult.

How many do Arsenal have?

A homegrown player is a player who is 21 or older and has spent three years or more in the English football league system.

So Hector Bellerin would qualify as homegrown. And in two years, Gabriel Martinelli will qualify too.

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We have a number of players who would qualify in that parameter, but they are under 21 and so don’t count. The likes of Nelson, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Saka and Nketiah to name a few.

So we need to offload some of the non-homegrown players.

That only intensifies the rumours surrounding the likes of Sokratis, Torreira and Kolasinac.

With Arsenal also reportedly close to signing back-up keeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon for a nominal fee, that will mean Arsenal definitely have to sell to avoid falling foul of the rules.

Throw another signing from Europe into the mix and it means Arsenal need to get busy in the market before the window closes next month.

So while Arsenal may well be looking at tightening the pursestrings and bringing in money from player sales – we also could do with cutting some fat from the squad too.

Arsenal are going to be busy for the next four weeks…