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Staying or leaving? The 6 Arsenal players who could stay or leave this summer transfer window..

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As we close in on the end of the season, we thought it would be good to cast our eye over the futures of the Arsenal stars who are nearing the end of their current contracts.

It appears that there could well be a number of first-team players leaving in the next 15 months unless extensions are given out.

There are six Gunners stars whose contracts expire either at the end of this season or in 2022 so we have decided to take a look at their situations.

David Luiz

As things stand, the 33-year-old will be leaving the Emirates when his current deal expires in June. Reports last month suggested that a new contract is dependent on him agreeing that he’ll get limited game time next season.

The Gunners are thought to be keen to keep Luiz around so he can mentor some of the squad’s younger players but the Brazilian may still have ambitions of playing regularly. He has previously expressed the desire to return and play for Benfica so that could be an avenue he explores if he doesn’t fancy being a squad player. Verdict – Leaving
Folarin Balogun

The 19-year-old has not featured in a first-team game since the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup back in December, and with his current contract expiring in just a few months, it seems the striker could well be on his way.

Manager Mikel Arteta said recently he was confident that Balogun would stay but that seems more unlikely with every passing week. Verdict – Leaving

Eddie Nketiah

The striker has admitted his frustration at his lack of first-team chances in recent days and he’ll be looking to showcase his talents over the next week when he captains England at the Under 21 Championships.

Nketiah will have one year remaining on his current contract in the summer and the feeling is, at the moment, that he will be sold to raise funds for other purchases. Verdict – Leaving

Calum Chambers

The defender’s future is far harder to predict simply because of his recent fitness problems. He was man of the match versus West Ham at the weekend but his limited minutes since returning from a serious knee injury would suggest he isn’t part of Arteta’s long-term plans.

That could, of course, change between now and the end of the season. If Chambers continues to put in impressive performances like he did against the Hammers, an extension beyond 2022 could be in the offing. Verdict – Staying

Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman is a player whose attributes and attitude are very much appreciated by Arteta but there are certain factors that may push the striker towards the exit door.

Lacazette has a number of clubs interested in him, including the likes of Atletico Madrid and Roma, and combined with the fact he is now 29 years of age, Arsenal may think it is time to cash in with one year remaining on his current deal. Verdict – Leaving

Mohamed Elneny

After impressing at the start of the season, the Egyptian international’s form has deteriorated as the campaign has gone on, and with reports linking the Gunners with a move for Real Betis’s Guido Rodriguez, there’s unlikely to be room for the midfielder in the squad beyond the summer.

With 12 months left to go on Elneny’s current deal, you would have to think a sale is on the cards. Verdict – Leaving

 

 

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Arsenal considers transfers link for Moussa Dembele

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ARSENAL are putting together a shortlist reportedly including  Moussa Dembele as part of their summer overhaul.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

Mikel Arteta has hinted at a very busy transfer window at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign.

 

Moussa Dembele could be available if Atletico Madrid end his loan spellCredit: AFP

Odsonne Edouard is another reportedly being watched by ArsenalCredit: The Sun

Last night, SunSport revealed that Hector Bellerin is among the stars on the chopping block.

 

And Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, David Luiz and more are being prepared for a move.

 

According to the Telegraph, French striker Lacazette could be joined by Eddie Nketiah in leaving this summer, with two stars eyed as replacements.

 

Lyon forward Dembele, 24, has spent the second half of the season on loan at Atletico Madrid but is yet to score for the LaLiga leaders.

 

Still yet to start for his new club, the Frenchman can move for a pre-agreed £30million fee in the summer but his poor form and fitness issues make that an increasingly unlikely option.

Dembele remains under contract at Lyon for another two years yet is reportedly available for around £25m should Atleti let him go.

A slightly cheaper option, at around £15m to £20m, is said to be Celtic star Edouard.

The SPFL runners-up may seek to cash in on the 23-year-old ahead of his contract expiring in 2022.

The striker has hit 21 goals in all competitions for the Glasgow outfit this season.

 

But any Arsenal approach may come up against fierce competition from Leicester, who are also thought to be keen and are set to be able to offer Champions League football next season.

 

The Gunners maintain an outside shot at a Europa League or Europa Conference League finish and travel to high-flying Chelsea on Wednesday.

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Full list of players that have been put up for sale by Arsenal

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Arsenal will be listening to offers for a number of players they have transfer listed.

Arsenal are already making preparations for a busy summer transfer window. The club must sell off some players that are surplus to requirement, makeweight and use the funds to buy new or better players.

 

The squad also needs to be trimmed since Arsenal are highly unlikely to play European football next season. Quality over quantity will have to be prioritized during the transfer window as the club rebuilds for the next season.

 

As per football.london here are the players that have been put up for sale;

 

Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

 

Many other players also face an uncertain future and could be sold to cut the wage bill or generate funds for transfers, these are;

 

Alex Runarsson, David Luiz, Joe Willock, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny.

 

Arsenal’s budget for the transfer window remains unknown but it is likely to be a low budget that will depend on player sales and revenue earnings from competitions, unless the Kroenke’s finally decide to make some cash available for transfers as a result of pressure from the fanbase,

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Bernd Leno breaks silence concerning Arsenal future amid talk of summer transfer

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Bernd Leno has insisted he is still happy at Arsenal despite reports he could leave this summer.

The German goalkeeper has impressed in north London, so much so that Mikel Arteta backed him and sold Emiliano Martinez last summer despite the Argentine impressing last season.

 

But football.london understands Leno is open to leaving Arsenal this summer with the club willing to sell him for the right price. It comes with a number of young prospects in the wings, including Arthur Okonkwo, who is set for a new deal amid interest from a number of top clubs around Europe.

 

The Gunners are also looking at signing loan keeper Mat Ryan on a permanent deal with Alex Runarsson likely to leave on a loan deal ahead of next season

Leno is currently the Gunners’ number one, so it’s not clear who would replace him, but it’s understood Arsenal are open to selling him, even if the player himself does not seem keen to depart.

 

“I am still happy at Arsenal. Arsenal is still a big club, a big name in the world and in the Premier League,” Leno told Sky Sports.

There is nobody in the dressing room who says ‘I want to leave the club, I am not happy here anymore’.

“We still have a good environment at the club and in the dressing room. Of course, at times it was not easy this season, but this is part of football.

It’s not good to feel sorry for ourselves, we need to move forward and change it to a positive as soon as possible.”

 

Arsenal may just shift a number of players who don’t necessarily want to leave this summer with Mikel Arteta clearly needing to improve his squad on the back of a disappointing campaign which will see the Gunners miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.

 

Leno could be part of that list of outgoings, currently valued at £22.5million by Transfermarkt with his contract due to run until 2023

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