New manager Mikel Arteta has already started his revolution at Arsenal though it could be at a slow pace especially since the January transfer window is not the right avenue to make a complete overhaul of the team.
The pool of players available in the January transfer window is clearly lesser both in quantity and quality in comparison to what’s obtainable with the summer’s transfer window.
Arteta was made the Gunners boss in December and the just ended winter transfer market was the first chance he got to bolster his squad.
The Spaniard was unable to do much as the Gunners hierarchy preferred to operate in the loan market before making a big splash on players in the summer to support the former assistant manager at Premier League champions Manchester City.
At the end of his first transfer window as an Arsenal manager, Arteta was able to get two players on loan namely Spanish centre back Pablo Mari and Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares. The signings could be short-term or long-term depending on their performance in North London.
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Let’s take a look at the players that could leave Arsenal in the summer:
1. Alexandre Lacazette – The Arsenal striker has been off-colour in the past weeks. As a matter of fact, he’s yet to score in the new year. The French international has two years left on his current deal with the Gunners and he has been linked with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid whom he came close to joining in 2017 before the Frenchman became an Arsenal player.
2. Mohamed ElNeny – The Egyptian international has been on loan at Turkish club Besiktas for this season. ElNeny has been impressive in Turkey and his loan transfer will most likely be made permanent this summer.
3. Arsenal Defenders – Shkrodan Mustafi, David Luiz and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos all have one year left on their respective contracts and are in danger of being sold this summer. The Arsenal defence has improved a great deal under Arteta and it would undergo further purging in the summer via the addition of new players.