The next few weeks and months may see a major shake up in playing personnel at Arsenal as the club looks set to show some of its stars and first team players the exit door, some yet to agree new deals or want to leave in search of more playing time at other clubs.
Chief among those expected to depart the North London club are Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez who is believed to be the subject of intense interest from premier league rivals, Manchester City.
The Chilean was close to joining City on deadline day last summer before Arsenal pulled the plug on the deal due to inability to get adequate replacement for the pacy forward but Pep Guardiola’s side seem to have made a return for their target during the current January transfer window.
German playmaker, Mesut Ozil and English midfielder, Jack Wilshere are also yet to sign new deals with Arsenal with Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger according to goal.com, previously suggesting that there are differences in the financial expectations between the parties involved.
West Ham, Valencia as well as some Turkish top flight clubs, are said to be interested in France midfielder, Francis Coquelin, who is believed to also be interested in regular playing time, and may therefore, form a part of the exodus.
Olivier Giroud, who is currently out injured with a hamstring injury, has also seen his play time reduced with the summer arrival of Alexandre Lacazette. His current injury might hamper his ability to push for a move away from Arsenal in search of regular play time.
Another player who has seen his role confined to the bench as well as substitute appearances is Theo Walcott and he may seek a loan move in order to boost his chances of making the England team for the World Cup tournament in Russia.
With Per Mertesacker set to retire at the end of the season and Laurent Koscielny’s persisting injuries and age which may keep him out of action, Arsenal may be forced to strengthen their back line in the current transfer window.
Mathieu Debuchy’s may also seek more play time outside of Arsenal, even as his name is been mentioned in talks over a swap deal involving West Brom defender, Jonny Evans.