Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has sent a message to his squad's fringe players, urging them to "work hard, be involved and when you have the chance instead of talking off the pitch, just do it on the pitch".
There are a number of players who have been linked with moves away from the Emirates, including Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
However, if their respective moves end up falling through and they stay at Arsenal, Arteta has told them to knuckle down and try and earn a spot in the starting XI.
When asked if there will be unhappy players at the club if they are unable to sell them before the October 5 deadline, Arteta replied: "I don't know.
"The way we try to manage the squad, communicate to the players, we just try to tell everybody their role that we expect from them.
"The players have really good communication with myself, the coaching staff and the club as well to put on the table their feelings, how they see themselves, what they are looking [for] in their careers.
"We just try to assess everything individually but also in a collective way and a player that doesn't play is never happy and I don't want them to be happy. What I want is for them to try to earn their place, try to change it.
"We have a lot of examples since I joined where players that weren't featuring too much, they weren't playing a lot and now they are playing regularly so... I don't like the excuse saying, 'There's a lot of competition, I don't get the chances.'
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"Take it the other way around and work hard, be involved and when you have the chance instead of talking off the pitch, just do it on the pitch, which is the best way, the most efficient way to talk."
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Sunday when they host Chris Wilder's Sheffield United, with the Blades still searching for their first league win of the season.