Arsenal are still looking to bolster their squad before the January transfer window closes.
The north London outfit were busy last summer as they signed Thomas Partey on deadline day from Atletico Madrid to go alongside deals for Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian, Dani Ceballos, and Alex Runarsson.
However, manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu revealed last month that the winter window would focus on trimming the first-team squad before making any significant additions.
So far, four have left either permanently or on loan deals while an announcement over a fifth exit is immiment.
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As a result, the focus can now shift towards incomings.
In terms of what Arsenal’s transfer missions are regarding new arrivals this month, Arteta and Edu have already identified what are their priorities.
“It’s quite clear what we need,” Edu said at an Arsenal fans’ forum last month. “We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”
Meanwhile, Arteta revealed that his plan is to sign a back-up goalkeeper to provide competition and cover for Bernd Leno as well as a left-back to ease the workload on Kieran Tierney.
Amid links to the likes of Freddie Woodman, Emi Buendia, and Martin Odegaard it’s clear that Arsenal are in need of a welcome windfall if they’re to sign at least one of the aforementioned trio plus a left-back.
With that in mind, there aren’t too many players technical director Edu can look to sell in order to get a cash injection to improve Arteta’s squad this month.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos has already departed on a free transfer after agreeing to terminate his contract and it’s expected that confirmation that Mesut Ozil has done the same will come soon.
Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi wants to leave the Gunners on a free transfer when…