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Six Arsenal players are out of contract next year and Edu has made stance clear on two stars

Arsenal’s transfer business was concluded on deadline day with the dramatic signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners activated the Ghana international’s £45million release clause and sealed a deal, much to Atleti’s frustration.

Partey’s arrival adds to Arsenal’s other summer signings, with Mikel Arteta strengthening his squad in all areas.

Loan moves for Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari were made permanent, whilst another year’s loan for Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid was agreed.

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Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes also joined early on the window.

Some interesting departures were also made, with Matteo Guendouzi leaving on loan for Hertha Berlin, Lucas Torreira agreeing a short-term move to Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, Emi Martinez left on a permanent transfer to Aston Villa, with the Gunners picking up around £20million for the Argentinian keeper.

All of that has left Mikel Arteta in a good place to build his squad over the next few years – though there are a number of players whose futures will have to be decided on before the end of the season.

Arsenal currently have six members of their team who will be out of contract in July next year.

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Sokratis

The Greek star joined the Gunners in 2018 for a reported fee of £17.6million after five years at Borussia Dortmund.

However, his impact in North London has not been the best, making 44 Premier League appearances over his two years so far.

With the arrivals of Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz and William Saliba over the past two seasons, Sokratis is likely to see his game time significantly reduced this season, and whether Arsenal will consider a new deal for the 32-year-old remains to be seen.

It has been confirmed that the defender has been left out of the 25-man Europa League squad which was finalised on Thursday.