Report: All four Arsenal players could leave in January

Sam PrestonDecember 1, 2020

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ESPN Arsenal’s plans for the January transfer window have been reported.

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They claim four senior players can be sold, with the other two potentially available on loan.

Unsurprisingly, the club want Mesut Ozil and Sokratis to receive fees before their contracts expire next summer.

Third-choice keeper Matt Messi will apparently be allowed to leave, while Sid Kolasinac is likely to be the fourth keeper to be allowed to leave.

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On top of that, William Saliba and Emile Smithrow could also get loan exits.

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Frenchman Saliba was loaned out last season and was not included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

There are high hopes for Smithrow, who may be deemed worthy of a chance on a team that struggles for creativity.

But it seems – now – that both players are closer to a loan exit than Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.

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Arsenal’s budget for January is small and needs to be replenished through player sales, the report says.

Given their contract situation and lack of football, Ozil or Sokratis are unlikely to get much of a fee.

Messi is likely to be in a similar position. Kolasinac earns £100,000 a week (Spotlake) and clearing those wages from the bill is a plus for Arsenal.

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Arteta wants him to be the man in charge of Arsenal’s January operations, but that may not be 100% guaranteed after recent poor performances.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.

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