Arsenal are in the midst of reducing their squad size this January transfer window through either loans or permanent deals, with three members of the squad in need of a temporary move away.
The biggest coup of all from Arsenal’s point of view is the imminent departure of Mesut Ozil, whose contract will be terminated six months early in order for him to complete a move to boyhood side Fenerbahce.
Adding to failings of the past, Arsenal will receive no money for the German – they will receive a boost in terms of wages they owe to the 32-year-old – but it will still be considered as a bonus to the club’s squad rebuild.
Loans deals were secured for William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac, the former being an integral part of the club’s future with the latter expected to depart permanently in the summer.
Elsewhere Matt Macey has left to join Hibernian and Sokratis has had his deal terminated, but there are three players who need a loan move to earn them regular playing time.
3 Arsenal players who need to leave on loan in January transfer market
First on the list in Calum Chambers, who having battled his way back from a long-term injury made his return to action during this season’s Europa League group stage campaign.
One of a plethora of players with 18 months left on their current deals, Chambers’ inability to break into Premier League matchday squads does nobody any favours.
With two left-sided central defenders and three right-sided central defenders currently on the books, there appears to be no place for him to garner any minutes from now until the end of the season. Both he and Shkodran Mustafi were exempt from the squad who beat Newcastle most recently, this despite Pablo Mari being unavailable through injury.
Mari and Gabriel have the left side of central defence nailed down, David Luiz and Rob Holding the right side, with Mustafi the apparent extra who will fill in in case of injury or for squad freshness.
Capable of filling in at right-back, Chambers is still behind the Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin and the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the pecking order, thus leaving his Arsenal career threatened.
There were some calls for Chambers to usurp Holding in the starting lineup upon his return, but with his fellow Englishman penning a new contract, a decision has been made on that front.
Suitors will exist for Chambers, who Arsenal know will have a much greater value in the summer if he is playing regular football. A summer sale appears inevitable when Saliba returns, thus any minutes he can accrue before then will be beneficial to all parties.