All the latest Arsenal transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 winter window.
Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth told The Transfer Show on Monday:
“The priority for Arsenal for the first couple of weeks in this transfer window will be to release players on loan.
“Sead Kolasinac has gone to Schalke and William Saliba has joined Nice on a straight loan deal. Mikel Arteta is thinking ‘he is part of my long-term plans, but at the moment he is not ready to come into the team, let’s use the next six months as his transitional period’.
“There are other players Arsenal would probably look at allowing to leave on loan or even sell if they can. Sokratis and Mustafi are both in the final six months of their contracts. Arsenal would be open to offers.
“If they can free up some wages and if they can free up some space in their squad, then it would pave the way for Arsenal to strengthen in an area they are looking to strengthen which is a creative, attacking midfielder.
“But if it transpires that they can’t offload enough players to free up enough wages then l don’t think you can rule out Mesut Ozil perhaps finding some sort of role at Arsenal in the final six months of his contract. I think the ideal scenario for Arsenal would be for someone to come in for Ozil – he’s eating up 350,000 a week in wages.
“But we can’t rule out Ozil still playing a part for Arsenal.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal have confirmed William Saliba has joined Nice on loan for the rest of the season.
But Technical Director Edu has stressed: “We’re confident he will have a great career with us”.
The latest players linked with a move to Arsenal
Emi Buendia – Arsenal have scouted the Norwich midfielder “extensively”, but are unlikely to make a January bid for the Argentine despite their search for a new creative midfielder (Daily Express, January 3).
Julian Brandt – Arsenal have been given a transfer boost with Borussia Dortmund refusing to rule out selling the player this month (Sun, January 3).
Houssem Aouar – Arsenal are unlikely to land the high-profile signing from Lyon this month because the £45m-rated midfielder is too expensive (Daily Express, January 2).
Seny Dieng – Arsenal are tracking the highly-rated Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper (Sun, January 4).
Confirmed Arsenal signings
Deals will be confirmed here.
The latest players linked with an Arsenal exit
William Saliba – The Arsenal defender is set to join Nice on loan until the end of the season (January 4).
Mesut Ozil – Mikel Arteta says he is unsure whether the German will return to the Arsenal squad in January, but has suggested the club will not look to cut short the contracts of players that are not in his plans (January 2).
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – The Arsenal defender has interest from Napoli and Fenerbahce as he prepares to leave in January. (Daily Mail, January 2).
Lucas Torreira – Arsenal are reportedly ready to recall the midfielder from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid. (Daily Express, January 4).
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Confirmed Arsenal departures
Sead Kolasinac – The left-back has agreed to join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan for the remainder of the season. (December 31).
The latest Arsenal contract news
Rob Holding – Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract for the centre back. (Daily Mail, January 2)