Mikel Arteta set for Arsenal exodus as six Gunners players to leave in major squad clearout

Arsenal had an unprecedented summer in terms of transactions according to manager Mikel Arteta.

Whilst much of the talk was about the £150million plus spent on incomings, there were various outgoings including players being loaned out and a swathe of academy youngsters leaving the club.

Joe Willock left the club permanently while Matteo Guendouzi and Dinos Mavropanos are set to leave next summer after having obligation clauses inserted into their loan deals.

There are also several first team players who will be able to sign pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs as soon as January – which means the Gunners will lose them for nothing.

football.london takes a look at the senior stars whose deals expire next summer and assesses the likely outcome of each case.

Alexandre Lacazette

football.london understands that Lacazette has no plans to extend his contract with Arsenal.

Technical director Edu along with Lacazette’s representatives had a tough time attempting to move the Frenchman on this summer.

The former Lyon striker is one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players and knows he could be in for a hefty signing on fee if he leaves on a free next summer.

Roma and Atletico Madrid have expressed interest in the past.

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Calum Chambers

Chambers worked his way back into the team last season after recovering from an ACL injury.

He impressed with performances against Burnley and West Ham, and it’s understood Arsenal have an option to extend his contract by one year.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta values Chambers’ professionalism and versatility, although the option has yet to be taken up by the club.

Mohamed Elneny

Arteta remains an admirer of Elneny but the Egyptian midfielder is open to leaving the club.

Elneny is behind the likes of Thomas Partey, Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka in the midfielder pecking order at Arsenal.

He was linked with a move to Turkish side Galatasaray in recent weeks but looks set to stay at the club until his contract expires.

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Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Sead Kolasinac

Another fringe player who has been linked with a number of Turkish teams over the past few months.

Kolasinac’s move to Fenerbahce reportedly broke down over the Bosnian’s wage demands.

He looks set to leave the club on a free transfer next summer.

Eddie Nketiah

This is arguably the most complicated case of any player at Arsenal right now.

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Players can sign pre-contract agreements with foreign teams from the age of 23.

Nketiah’s 23rd birthday falls in May 2022 which means Arsenal don’t stand to profit via training compensation from any future deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on January 14, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Eddie Nketiah failed to complete his Crystal Palace move as Arsenal demanded £20million from the Eagles

According to FIFA regulations, ” the obligation to pay training compensation arises whether the transfer takes place during or at the end of the player’s contract.”

Arsenal will almost certainly receive a solidarity mechanism payment wherever Nketiah does end up, although it’s unlikely to be a substantial fee.

However, none of the above will apply if the Gunners manage to tie the youngster down to a new contract in the coming months.

Nketiah almost joined Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day but a move broke down due to a failure to agree personal terms.

The waiting game continues.

Karl Hein

As reported by football.london, Hein is expected to leave the club for free next summer after talks over a new contract for the highly-rated goalkeeper stalled.

The Gunners had been working on extending the Estonian’s contract to avoid the potential of a free exit next year.

Arthur Okonkwo has been promoted as the third choice goalkeeper while Aaron Ramsdale has joined the club with a view to becoming the long-term no.1 shot stopper.

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