Here are 3 Arsenal players who could leave the Emirates Stadium in January.
As the issues mount and the internal solutions diminish, Arsenal are facing two of the most crucial transfer windows in their history.
Edu Gaspar and Mikel Arteta are under no illusions at the size of the squad rebuild facing them, as with each passing week the senior figures at the club continue to underwhelm in the shadows of the less experienced troupe.
Believing all will be amended in one COVID-19 affected tricky January window is universally accepted as impossible, a case made harder by a lack of finance, and the perilous position Arsenal find themselves in doing no favours in their efforts to convince players to move to north London.
Whatever the next course of action is, and whether arrivals will be forthcoming, progress can’t go ahead without players being shown through the exit door to free up squad space and lessen the wage bill.
Arsenal failed to sell the stars they wanted to in the summer which strongly suggests that January will be no easier, but there are some players who could be shipped out in just a few weeks’ time.
Contrary to reports, Arsenal will flat out refuse to sell their £27m centre-back either in January or in the near future. Yet to play a single minute of senior football, or even make any Europa League or Premier League squads, the speculation suggesting that Arsenal will cut their losses on William Saliba have been labelled wide of the mark.
Furthermore, there is confidence within the camp that he will be a future star for Arteta in the coming years, although no appearances are expected between now and the end of the season.
As per The Athletic, it is a shared view among the Frenchman and staff that he needs to leave on loan in January to earn regular senior minutes, with a six-month loan deal to a UK-based side expected.
Wherever he goes, it must be in England. Ideally, there will be Premier League interest, although the likelihood is that dropping down a tier will occur. If that’s the case, training ground neighbours Watford pose a solid option, as do west Londoners Brentford.
This will be less about money – Saliba earns around £40k-per-week – and solely focussed on getting the 19-year-old up to speed with the rhythm of English football.