Mathieu Flamini and Joel Campbell are not surplus to requirements at Arsenal and are likely to remain at the club beyond the end of the summer transfer window, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Flamini was understood to have been told to find a new club while Campbell has been linked with a permanent departure from North London.
ESPN understands that Flamini has been urged to leave the Gunners after falling behind Francis Cocquelin and Mikel Arteta in the pecking order. Meanwhile, after making 10 appearances in four years, Campbell has lost patience and is on the verge of joining Palermo, according to Sky Italia.
Arsenal have already allowed 10 players to leave the club this summer, including Abou Diaby and Lukas Podolski, in a dramatic streamlining of their squad. Wenger is therefore unwilling to allow further players to leave in the final three weeks of the window.
"I expect [Flamini] to be here in September," he told a pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace, according to the Arsenal official website. "I spoke to him. At the moment he is not involved but he has no intention of leaving. He will be involved at some stage. He works very hard and his intention is to stay." On Campbell, Wenger added: "We haven't got anything concrete from anybody."
Flamini missed the opening day defeat to West Ham United and made just 15 Premier League starts last term, despite Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta's lengthy injury absences. Coquelin returned from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic to commandeer the holding midfield role that he is yet to relinquish, meaning Flamini starts the season out of favour.
Following some impressive displays at the World Cup for Costa Rica, last season was expected to Campbell's breakthrough campaign at Arsenal. However he failed to make a single top flight appearance before being sent to Villarreal for the second half of the campaign, his fourth different loan spell in as many years.