Mikel Arteta confirms players will leave Arsenal in January transfer update

Arsenal: Arteta provides transfer update

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that player sales will be Arsenal’s ‘priority’ in the upcoming January window, despite their Premier League struggles. The Gunners are marooned in the bottom half of the table after their worst start in almost 50 years.

With the window opening in a matter of days, fans are desperate to see incomings to boost Arteta’s squad.

One area that has looked certain to be upgraded is in attacking midfield, with Arsenal having scored just 16 games in their opening 16 league matches.

Real Madrid’s Isco has been linked with a short-term deal, but reports have claimed Gunners bosses are reluctant to panic buy, which could cause them to lose bargaining power in the summer.

Instead, it is likely that January will be a month of Arteta attempting to trim his squad, with a number of departures planned.

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“Well, we have a large squad. We knew that,’ said Arteta.

“A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons.

“There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave.

“That’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions. We are looking to do that.

“And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them.”

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According to CBS Sports, Sokaratis and Ozil are the most likely to leave next month, although any departure for the latter appears unlikely.

The World Cup winner is the highest paid player at the Emirates and is committed to staying with the club until his cotract expires at the end of the season.

Elsewhere Sead Kolasinac is expected to complete a move to Schalke, while defenders Shkodran Mustafi could both leave in the next month.

Mustafi has attracted interested from Italy, while Saliba is expected to secure a loan move to continue his development away from north London.

With the market still adapting to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it remains unknown how much business will be able to be conducted.

And Arteta has admitted that financial hit will likely mean it’s a case of needing to sell in order to buy.

“Obviously financially, it’s not only us, it’s every club in the Premier League that have been in hit with big numbers,” Arteta added.

“We know that this is not going to change in the last year or so. That we are gonna have to add somehow if we’re going to improve the team in different ways financially with some support.

“We will decide whether this is with loans or buying players in relation to the opportunities we will have in the market.”

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