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Who could be on their way out of Arsenal before the January transfer window slams shut?

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Crashing out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle away at Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Sunday evening, Arsenal fans will be hoping for a boost behind the scenes over the coming weeks.

Opening the New Year with that hugely controversial 2-1 defeat at home against Manchester City, Mikel Arteta will be desperate for his side to refind the same momentum they had when heading into 2022.

Still hanging onto their spot in the top-four and looking to secure a Champions League return this season, many around north London are expecting what could be a frantic few weeks at the Emirates.

While the Gunners might be heavily linked with the likes of Fiorentina ace Dušan Vlahović, Arsenal could also see some of their stars head in the other direction.

Already watching Ainsley Maitland-Niles make the loan switch to Roma, we have taken a look at a handful of first-team faces who could also be on their way out of the exit.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might have opened the 2021/22 campaign in possession of Arsenal’s captain’s armband, the Gabon ace now finds himself firmly at the heart of a north London nightmare.

In the midst of what has become a public battle with Arteta, the one-time Borussia Dortmund striker is in first-team exile and has not featured since a brief cameo outing in the Gunners’ 2-1 loss away at Everton on December 6th.

Currently away at this year’s AFCON, Arsenal have made it no secret that they’re desperate to find a way of getting Aubameyang off of their wage bill before the window slams shut.

With Arteta reportedly making it clear that 32-year-old has no further part to play in his plans, The Express suggested last week that Newcastle are keen on agreeing what would be a blockbuster deal.

Eddie Nketiah

While Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates might be stealing most of the headlines in north London, Arsenal’s leading goalscorer is not the only striking option who has question marks over his future.

Failing to impress away at the City Ground as the Gunners came crashing out of the FA Cup on Sunday, Eddie Nketiah almost appears destined to be on his way out over the coming weeks.

Although the England youth star might have gained a reputation for his exploits in the EFL Cup, Nketiah’s Arsenal contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club this month.

With no signs of the 22-year-old agreeing on a deal, Sky Sports are reporting that Crystal Palace and another Premier League club are keeping tabs on the situation.

Cedric Soares

While Cedric Soares might have also made a rare start in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest, the one-time Southampton defender has really struggled to stake a claim under Arteta.

With summer arrival Takehiro Tomiyasu cementing his spot as Arteta’s number one choice at right-back, it appears that the 30-year-old Portugal international is inching closer to the exit.

Announcing last week that Keiran Tripper had completed a lucrative move to relegation scrappers Newcastle, it is no secret that Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for a new full-back over the coming weeks.

In what was a shock report from The Daily Mail over the weekend, it was suggested that the defending Spanish champions are keen on an initial loan deal for Soares with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Calum Chambers

With big-money summer arrival Ben White really forming a blossoming relationship with Gabriel at the heart of Arsenal’s defence, it is hard to see where Calum Chambers fits into Arteta’s plans.

Despite occasionally filling in at right-back last season, the 26-year-old has made just a pair of Premier League appearances so far and ESPN are reporting that the Gunners are willing to listen to offers.

Dealing with injury issues this season and not featuring since a 2-0 win against Leeds in the EFL Cup back on October 26th, the former Fulham loanee could see his eight-year stay at the Emirates come to an end this month.

Looking to kickstart his career away from north London, The Sun have suggested that Everton could be keen on striking a £5million deal for the three-cap England international.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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