It was never going to be the case that Arsenal’s rebuild would be a one-window job and Mikel Arteta is already making plans for the next summer with six players set to leave
It was an eventful summer for Arsenal, but their attention has already turned to the transfer window in nine months’ time.
The Gunners kicked off a rebuild with several new faces arriving at the Emirates and familiar ones moving onto pastures new.
There was a clear strategy in place with the £150million they spent on incomings as they invested in players who have age on their side, while getting rid of the deadwood at the club to help reduce Arsenal’s wage bill.
It was never going to be the case this rebuild would be a one-window job and so there is still work to be done heading into January and next summer.
And Mikel Arteta is already making plans for when that time comes as football.london reports there are six players set to leave north London.
Here are the players who have been mentioned in the report.
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Arsenal didn’t hide the fact they were looking to offload the striker this summer, but they couldn’t manage it.
They were hoping to get some return for the Frenchman with his contract running out next summer.
Lacazette has no intention of signing a new deal and it appears he will walk for free in just under a year’s time.
The recent arrivals of Thomas Partey and Sambi Lokonga, as well as Granit Xhaka extending his stay at the club, means the Egyptian is surplus to requirements at the moment.
Elneny has been a reliable squad player over the years but could look for regular playing time next season.
He is another name on an expiring deal and will likely let it run out to become a free agent.
It was a surprise that the Bosnian didn’t find a new club as it was made clear he was not a part of the club’s plans moving forward.
But they couldn’t find a suitor as a move to Fenerbahce reportedly broke down over his wage demands.
Another player who is destined to leave as a free agent next summer when his contract expires.
Arsenal have an option to extend the defender’s contract by another year, but the fact they haven’t done so has put his future up in the air.
Chambers recovered from a horrific ALC injury as he was integrated back into the first team last term.
But the additions of Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu this summer means playing time will be hard to come by and it’s a player they could easily part ways with next summer.
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Another player Arsenal had on the shop window this summer and when his current situation is unraveled, it’s clear why.
Nketiah can a sign pre-contract agreement with foreign teams from the age of 23, but with his birthday falling in May 2022 Arsenal don’t stand to profit via training compensation from any future deal.
They will receive a solidarity mechanism payment, but it won’t be significant – hence why they were keen to cash in on the striker before the window closed.
Arsenal could look to tie him down to a new deal to avoid the above, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t look to sell him next summer.
The young goalie is set to leave the Gunners as a free agent at the end of the season.
Arsenal were keen for him to sign an extension to avoid that fate, but contract talks have stalled.
Arthur Okonkwo has been promoted to the third choice goalkeeper while new signing Aaron Ramsdale will compete with Bernd Leno as the no.10 choice in between the sticks.