The January transfer window has closed, but it’s already time to look ahead to the summer.
With as many as eight first-team departures, Arsenal were among the busiest Premier League clubs in the window as manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu fulfilled their transfer promise.
Among those to have left the Emirates Stadium includes Mesut Ozil, Sokratis, and Shkodran Mustafi – three players who were out of contract at the end of the season but agreed to early terminations to seal moves away.
The other permanent exit saw Matt Macey join Hibernian.
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That means the other half were loan deals with William Saliba, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Joe Willock joined Nice, Schalke, West Brom, and Newcastle United respectively.
As Mustafi, Sokratis, and Ozil, in particular, have all left, the Gunners’ wage bill has significantly and perhaps gives them room to maneuver in the summer transfer window.
Interestingly, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has recently revealed that Arsenal remain ‘convinced’ Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is still right man to solve their creativity issues.
“They are still looking for this kind of player, they were also trying for Szoboszlai who then joined Leipzig, but they were trying really for Dominik Szoboszlai,” Romano said on the Feather on Football podcast.
“And also Aouar has always been the first target for Arsenal. They love him and they are convinced he would be perfect in their midfield.
“The problem is that Lyon are asking for €60 million (£53.3m) they are having an amazing season, they want to be back in the Champions League, so at the moment with the president of Lyon it’s really hard to negotiate in January for this kind of player.”
Houssem Aouar was a transfer target for Arsenal last summer (Image: Vincent Michel/Icon Sport via Getty Images)