Mikel Arteta is bracing for an action-packed January transfer window at the Emirates Stadium, anticipating a flurry of departures and arrivals as the Gunners fiercely pursue the Premier League title.
Locked in a tense three-way battle for glory against rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, Arsenal aim to clinch the elusive championship after narrowly missing out last season.
Despite leading the top flight for a significant part of the previous campaign, Arteta's men were overtaken by Pep Guardiola's City in a late surge, a setback they are determined to overcome this season.
Arsenal ready to listen to offers for three first team players
As the January transfer window gains momentum, Arsenal plan to initiate early moves and will consider offers for Mohamed Elneny, Cedric Soares, and Nuno Tavares, according to reports from the Daily Star.
While actively seeking reinforcements, Arteta and the Arsenal board are resolute about retaining Emile Smith Rowe, despite the playmaker's reduced playing time in north London.
Elneny, Soares, and Tavares have garnered interest from multiple clubs, prompting Arsenal to consider their departures as an opportunity to bolster financial resources. Cedric, nearing the end of his contract with six months remaining, has attracted attention from Turkish giants Besiktas and Trabzonspor, signalling his openness to a move abroad.
Similarly, Elneny, whose contract also expires at the end of the season, has drawn interest, particularly from Saudi Arabian clubs, where negotiations are anticipated to facilitate a mid-season transfer.
In a bid to streamline their squad and potentially recoup funds, Arsenal are open to cutting short Tavares' loan spell at Nottingham Forest if a favourable offer arises, following his unremarkable stint since joining from Benfica in 2021 for a fee close to £10m.
Despite the financial motivations driving potential departures, Arsenal remains steadfast in retaining Smith Rowe, ruling out both transfer and loan deals. Arteta values the England international as a crucial component of his plans, despite stiff competition from established midfielders like captain Martin Odegaard and record signing Declan Rice.
While eyeing reinforcements, the Gunners maintain hopes of securing a top-tier striker, with Brentford's Ivan Toney topping their wish list this winter.