Mikel Arteta hints at mass exodus at Arsenal in January as he insists ‘we cannot sustain the numbers we have’ with Gunners set to move on Sead Kolasinac and trim bloated squad
- Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal will be making changes in the January window
- The Gunners are set to allow Sead Kolasinac to secure a move back to Schalke
- Arteta reveals a number of players will be leaving the Emirates on loan
- Defenders William Saliba and Calum Chambers could also be allowed to leave
Arsenal are set to begin their January clearout by loaning Sead Kolasinac to Schalke, as boss Mikel Arteta acknowledged that the club must move on a series of big names.
Defender Kolasinac is close to sealing a return to his former club in what Arsenal hope will be the first of a number of loan moves they can agree for under-used players this month.
The Bosnian has only started one Premier League game this season, with his other seven starts coming in the EFL Cup and Europa League.
Mikel Arteta confirmed that big changes will be occurring at Arsenal in the January window
Kolasinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke in 2017, where he made 94 league appearances in five years with the Bundesliga club.
Arteta would not confirm Kolasinac’s impending exit but said: ‘We are working on a couple of things and obviously the window is going to bring a lot of news.
‘We’ve had some conversations around a few players and whether we can find some loans because the numbers we have in the squad at the moment are really big.
Sead Kolasinac is set to be one of the first stars to leave and secure a loan return to Schalke
‘We have a large squad. We knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons. There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan.
‘They are going to leave. And that’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions. We are looking to do that. And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help we are working with the club to try to address them.
Defenders William Saliba and Calum Chambers, who has recently returned to fitness following a serious knee injury, could also be allowed to leave temporarily this month in order to gain regular football while they remain open to offers for Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsenal’s bloated squad meant they had two more senior, non-homegrown players than they were allowed to register and Arteta was forced to leave Mesut Ozil and Sokratis out of the Premier League squad he registered for the first half of the season.
Arsenal would be happy to agree exits with both though Ozil has previously insisted that he intends to see out his contract which expires next summer.