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Who could Arsenal sign in January and which players might leave before the transfer window closes?

Who could Arsenal sign in January and which players might leave before the transfer window closes?

We look at the incoming and outgoing transfer business Arsenal could complete during the January window.

With the January transfer window now officially open, we're taking a look at the business Arsenal could complete over the next month.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of players over recent months as they look to add further depth to their squad for the second half of the Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta's side made a number of signings in the summer, with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko arriving from Manchester City. Both have established themselves as important players for the side when available.

Playmaker Fabio Vieira is another new addition, from Porto, while goalkeeper Matt Turner and young winger Marquinhos also put pen to paper to move to the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, William Saliba has been successfully integrated into the first team squad as another key member following loan spells away from the club.

But what business could Arsenal do in January?

Who could Arsenal sign in January?

Arsenal's priority target for January is Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. The Gunners have placed an initial bid totalling €65 million for his services. That was rejected by Shakhtar, who want a fee close to €100m.

Arteta's side have also been linked with a loan move for Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid, as well as Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans. The latter has a contract with the Foxes that ends this summer, so the Gunners may stay patient when it comes to that particular move.

And a new report from Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb claim they have an interest in signing midfielder Adrien Rabiot, whose contract at Juventus also expires in the summer.

Who could leave the Emirates this month?

One player whose position at Arsenal could be under threat is right-back Cedric Soares. The Portugal defender has made just two Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season, and is behind Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the pecking order.

Third-choice goalkeeper Karl-Jakob Hein could also leave the club on loan in search of game time in January, alongside Marquinhos.

Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, meanwhile, has previously been vocal about wanting to play more at the Emirates Stadium, and may be another player that departs in January.

What has Mikel Arteta said?

Mikel Arteta has attempted to avoid commenting on individual Arsenal targets in January, but did give a specific overview prior to the Premier League resumption in December of what the Gunners should look to do throughout the window.

He explained (quotes via The Guardian): "We are going to be active, and active means we are looking to strengthen the team.

"This squad still doesn't have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that because it's really important.

"But then we have to get the right profile. It has to be the right player to take us to the next level."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Premier League, Transfers, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Joao Felix

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