Which Arsenal stars could head for the exit door in January?

We have just over a month until the winter transfer window opens, so we thought we’d take a look at the players which could find themselves leaving Arsenal.

One exit could be determined on the injury/fitness situation surrounding three players, with Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy all vying for one position. The Spaniard is hands-down winning the battle, and should all three prove to be fit and ready in January, surely one will be leaving. The French defender was close to an exit in the summer but he fitness proved an issue, and he looks the most likely of the three to be sold on.

Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo are all into the final years of their contracts, but I can’t imagine either of the former players even considering an exit. The 23 year-old however has not featured in a single competitive squad this season, and I would not be surprised to see him sold. Saint-Etienne are claimed to hold an interest in him.

Kieran Gibbs was expected to leave last summer but has found himself much more in Arsene Wenger’s plans this term, and I firmly expect him to see out the season with us. Monreal will turn 31 in February and Gibbs may well be seen as the long-term option, and may well be with us for a number of years.

Gedion Zelalem may well find himself being sent out on loan to gain first-team experience, having been limited to only two short substitute appearances in the League Cup so far this season, despite impressing on-loan with Rangers last term. It may also be favourable to send Krystian Bielik out for the remainder of the season also, with Rob Holding, Mustafi, Gabriel Paulista and Koscielny all ahead of him in the senior side.

With Arsenal looking to make a serious bid for this term’s PL title, will that mean more youngsters should leave on loan? Was Iwobi promoted during last term because we had fallen behind? Should Zelalem and Bielik get experience elsewhere?

Pat J

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  1. NY_Gunner says:

    I see Bielik slotting easily into the side, after a loan spell. But Zelalem, to me, seems too timid for the EPL…Then again, if he were sent somewhere on loan like Stoke, Newcastle or Middlesbrough, he develop some grip. Otherwise, he seems more suited for the MLS.

    1. NK says:

      The problem with Zalalem is that I don’t see him breaking into ANY EPL or Championship side for regular playing time. Scotland, again? Or maybe the Eredivisie? I’m not ready to give up on him just yet, but, at 19, he’s seriously at the age when you’d expect him to start getting more first-team looks. But he’s nowhere near ready yet, and even with our injury-plagued midfield, there are just too many people ahead of him to get much action with us this year.

  2. Ks-Gunner says:

    Depends of the money chamberlain is going to ask for. If he demands more then he deserves, he needs to be sold as soon as possible. Even if are up to give him the money, he himself should be thinking about leaving the club. Or a loan would do him good. Big talent, but a big potato head as well.

    Same goes for Ramsey. This men is not improving, and the younger generations are quickly catching up. With Ramseys luck, barcelona will be knockin at our door, and he will surely hand a transfer request to show off his talents in a superiour leaue to ours. bahaha. If not, he must learn to be a second choice player in the club, bec currently he is not good enough to replace anyone. Yes Arsenal is a big club, and big players nowedays do not have any guarantee to play in the first team out of the blue.

    Even if it breaks my heart, same like Ramseys case, Wilsheres time is running out, the younger generations are catching up. If he can overcome his injuries, somthing which is not going to happen as ligaments and such are a diff thing to broken bones, but maybe learns to play safe, then he might succeed as cazorlas replecmant, if not, he needs to be sold.

    Giroud might leave us as well soon. He thinks that he should be a key man in the club, and therefor sullks to much. If he doesnt like his role in the club, the exit door must be shown to him.

    Gibbs needs to be sold, or settle with his place in the club.
    Some youngsters need to be sold, as there is no future for them, as arsenal has become to much of a big club for them to improve and learn their trait. Gnabry proves it.

    Arsenal needs to make sure to go out and try to buy draxler, as our left wing has become to weak, and our game play in generally has become way to predictable and weak.

    Up the Arsenal. Down the losers. Yes i am tllk with you!

  3. Trudeau says:

    The article asks which Arsenal stars will leave in January and then talks about Sanogo. Define “star” please.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    Bielik looks well ahead of Zelalem in development. That’s what happened with Iwobi, physically he grew out of the academy and looked stronger than certain Arsenal first team players. He needs to mature in his head now and begin to throw his weight around, that’s something I think Bielik will do ahead of Iwobi. I’m looking forward to seeing this player in the future. Bolton done a terrific job with young Rob Holding, he’s an inspiration to all young players. We have a few on the cusp, but we have allot that don’t look nearly readily enough physically. Hopefully Adelaide will not be far behind, football wise, I think it was close between himself and Iwobi, Iwbi got it for reasons I said. I believe that when Malen hits 19/20, I think he will be ready. Really looking forward to seeing another Dutch starter at Arsenal, Dutch players suit us very well. I’d like to see us get Riechedly Bazoer, must say comparisons were called for. Tutelage under Wenger could be what does the trick.

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