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

They claim that four senior players could be sold, with a further two potentially available for loan.

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

Third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey will apparently be allowed to leave, while Sead Kolasinac is likely to be the fourth permitted an exit.

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On top of that, William Saliba and Emile Smith Rowe may also be granted loan exits.

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

There are high hopes about Smith Rowe and he may be regarded as worthy of a chance in a team struggling for creativity.

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


The report says Arsenal’s January budget is minimal, and needs to be supplemented by player sales.

It’s unlikely Ozil or Sokratis would garner much of a fee, given their contract situations and lack of football.

Macey is likely in a similar position. Kolasinac is earning £100,000-a-week (Spotrac) and clearing those wages off the bill would be a plus for Arsenal.

Arteta will hope he is the man overseeing Arsenal’s January business but after a poor recent run, that may not be 100 per cent guaranteed.

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