We are edging closer to the winter transfer window and the rumour mill picks up more pace with every passing day. Several players have been linked with a move to the Emirates. Similarly, multiple Arsenal players have been rumoured with exits in the January transfer window.
Arsenal’s summer signings have started to band together well with the rest of the squad. The club’s new project and philosophy under Arteta has gained the support of the fans. Young players like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have displayed improved performances under the Spaniard, while new arrival Takehiro Tomiyasu is showing great resilience in defence.
The Gunners are finally coming back to winning ways, though not necessarily against the top sides of the Premier League. Now, rumours are flying around Arsenal of potential exits in the January transfer window. Although these exits may not necessarily come as bad news, some new twitches to the squad could further build a stronger team.
The Gunners are looking to reinforce in some key areas such as the midfield and attack in the upcoming window and selling some of the unwanted and auxiliary players would provide financial support to bring in the required players. Keeping this in mind, here is a list of four Arsenal players who are being associated with exits in the January transfer window:
The 30-year-old French striker has seen his role at the Emirates getting diminished under Mikel Arteta. He has featured in 11 Premier League games this season and netted just two goals so far. Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal in 2017 from Olympique Lyon, where he scored 100 goals across nine seasons in the first-tier. He managed to score 20+ goals in Ligue 1 in his final three seasons, which showed signs of a developing and promising striker.
Since his move from Lyon, Lacazette has been on a downward slope, but so has also been the trend for Arsenal. The French striker, who is currently valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt, could help the Gunners make big signings. In an interview with Telefoot (via Metro), he claimed his agents are looking for options for a move away from the Emirates this January.
“Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left,”.
“But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.”
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lille’s Jonathan David could become potential targets to replace Lacazette who can get the system running for Arteta. Nevertheless, Calvert-Lewin will have a high asking price. The Toffees might go as high as £60m for the English centre-forward.
The 29-year-old Egyptian midfielder has already made his decision to leave the club in January after failing to secure a spot in the first team. Mikel Arteta and Sporting Director Edu have also given Mohamed Elneny the green signal to sign for a new club next month, after agreeing to terminate his contract and allowing clubs to negotiate a free transfer with the player and his representatives.
After failing to sign him in the summer transfer window, Turkish giants Galatasaray are expected to sign Elneny in January for free, with the player expressing his desire to play at the Super Lig club. He is already familiar with the Turkish league, having played at Besiktas during a loan spell in the 19/20 season.
He has only made five league appearances for the Gunners this season, registering an assist in the 3-2 loss against Manchester United. Once a pivotal player for Swiss side Basel, his playing time has significantly decreased under Arteta. Elneny is looking for more game time, which he would certainly find in the Turkish league. His ability to play deep inside the midfield and his strength during transitions in attacks makes him a suitable option.
Eddie Nketiah looking to move away from the Emirates comes as a major blow for the Gunners after the player refused to sign a new contract. The 22-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, but his refusal to sign a fresh deal puts him on the list of potential exits. He came close to signing for Crystal Palace this summer, but the Eagles decided to sign Odsonne Edouard instead after the Gunners refused to budge on their valuation.
It seems very likely for the youngster to leave Emirates, as failing to secure a first-team spot under the Spaniard. So much so that he falls behind Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order, who has been unable to impress even a bit. The North London club could cash in on him with his current valuation set at £10.8m, according to Transfermarkt.
Chambers is another option whose transfer would profit the Gunners, with his value being stated at £10.8m according to Transfermarkt. Calum Chambers’ current contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season and is being rumoured as one of the first exits of the January transfer window.
With just two Premier League appearances this season, in the first fixture of the season against Brentford and 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City, he has lost his position in the squad due to his dreadful performances. Moreover, the arrival of Japanese full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu has pushed the English right-back further down the pecking order. Tomiyasu is, unsurprisingly, the prefered choice for the role with Cedric Soares coming in as the second option.
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AS Roma are currently looking to sign players to improve their squad and Calum Chambers is reportedly on their watchlist. AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho wants to make a few changes this January after having a tough season in the Serie A so far. Chambers could benefit from playing in a new set-up to regain his playing standards.
By the sale of these players in the winter transfer window, the Gunners could accumulate cash to sign a new striker or a new midfielder such as Renato Sanches. What are your thoughts on these four potential exits from Arsenal in the January transfer window, let us know in the comments section below
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