The 12 players Arsenal could sell as Mikel Arteta eyes major squad revamp

Arsenal have had their worst start to a top-flight season this year since 1974 and their 1-0 loss to Burnley saw the Gunners lose four league games in a row at home for the first time since 1959.

When Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery, he had some initial success and guided Arsenal to an FA Cup win, but their form has significantly dropped this season.

A number of star players are failing to fire and there appears to be a lot of deadwood left at the club from previous regimes which needs to be got rid of if they are to make some serious progress.

With the January transfer window approaching it's time for a game of 'Keep or Sell?'

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Goalkeepers:

Bernd Leno:

Leno was given a big vote of confidence at the start of the season when the club sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa and reinstall the German as their number one, despite Martinez's excellent form. An easy one to start with. KEEP.

Runar Alex Runarsson:

The Iceland international has not had the most convincing start to his Arsenal career and he does not look like a good enough back-up option for Leno. It looks like it would be best for both parties if Runarsson was moved on and replaced. SELL.

Matt Macey:

Aged 26, with three loan moves under his belt, just two Arsenal appearances and a contract which is due to expire at the end of the season it is probably time for Macey to move on if he ever wants to play regular first team football. SELL.

Defenders:

Hector Bellerin:

As the club's vice-captain, Bellerin is definitely worth keeping unless a big money offer comes in for him. Despite coming for criticism this season, particularly for his bafflingly high amount of foul throws, there are far more pressing issues for Arsenal to deal with than relying on the Spaniard at right-back. KEEP.

Kieran Tierney:

One of very few bright sparks from what has been a poor season so far, Tierney should nail down the left-back spot for the next few years provided he can stay fight. KEEP.

William Saliba:

Much was expected of Saliba when he joined the club for £27m but, after spending another year at Saint-Etienne on loan, the teenager is yet to make his senior debut.

Talk is rife that he will leave on loan in January and it is imperative that he gets the chance to play regular senior football if he is to deliver on his potential at Arsenal. KEEP BUT LOAN OUT.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos:

The experienced defender looked set to leave in the summer but a move to Napoli never materialised, with Kalidou Koulibaly staying put.

His deal is up in the summer and, having been omitted from Arsenal's 25-man Premier League squad, an exit appears inevitable. SELL.

Gabriel Magalhaes:

A big money summer signing from Lille, Gabriel has impressed so far for Arsenal but needs a regular partner at the back having played alongside David Luiz, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi at times this season. KEEP.

Rob Holding:

Came close to a loan move to Newcastle at the start of the season but that was scuppered when Arsenal suffered a host of defensive injuries. He has since played more league games than any centre-back bar Gabriel and looks a solid squad player. KEEP.

Cedric Soares:

The decision to hand him a reported four-year deal last summer seemed a baffling one at the time. He is a solid back-up option but Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been preferred so far this season. If Cedric is not even second-choice then what is the point in keeping him? SELL.

Shkodran Mustafi:

Like Sokratis, Mustafi's deal is also up at the end of the season and it appears unlikely he will be offered a new one having failed to convince during his four-and-a-half years at the Emirates. Could be offloaded in January if they want to recoup some kind of fee. SELL.

Calum Chambers:

Looked to have cemented a regular spot in the starting line-up last season, after coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa last September. He started 12 of Arsenal's next 14 league games before a cruciate ligament injury ended his campaign.

Only recently returning to full fitness it is difficult to judge Chambers' long-term prospects at the club he should be a solid squad option if he can stay fit. KEEP.


Pablo Mari:

Having made just a handful of appearances for the Gunners after suffering an ankle injury at the end of last season, it is difficult to judge whether Mari has what it takes to be a regular starter. Worth reserving judgement until he has featured more. KEEP.

David Luiz:

Despite having a wealth of top-level experience, Luiz is still prone to the same errors of judgement he made when he first joined Chelsea as a 23-year-old in 2011.

With his deal due to expire at the end of the season and the 33-year-old thought to be one of the club's highest earners, it would make sense for the Gunners to part ways. SELL.

Sead Kolasinac:

With Tierney the club's first-choice left-back and Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both capable of filling in if the Scot is missing, Kolasinac's time in north London appears to be up. He almost joined Bayer Leverkusen in the summer and that move could be revisited in January. SELL.

Out on loan:

Konstantinos Mavropanos:

The Greek defender last played for the Gunners in a Europa League game against Standard Liege in December and has been sent out on loan to Germany for the second season in a row. If Stuttgart attempt to make the move permanent, it appears as though it would be the right move for all parties. SELL.

Midfielders:

Bukayo Saka:

The teenager has impressed since breaking into the first team last season and has also earned international recognition. It seems worth building around him for the future. KEEP.

Dani Ceballos:

Into his second loan spell at the Emirates from Real Madrid and contracted to the La Liga giants until 2023, it would likely cost the Gunners big money if they attempted to sign him permanently. RETURN TO PARENT CLUB.

Mesut Ozil:

Having been left out of Arsenal's Premier League and Europa League squads and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Ozil will surely depart next summer. SELL.

Mohamed Elneny:

It seemed as though Elneny's Arsenal career was over when he joined Besiktas on loan with an option to buy last season but the Egyptian international has returned to the Emirates and featured regularly this season. KEEP.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles:

A versatile member of the squad, Maitland-Niles is an excellent option to have at your disposal. KEEP.

Thomas Partey:

Having forked out £45m to sign him from Atletico Madrid, Partey is expected to be a key player for many years to come but he has unfortunately had a promising start affected by injury. KEEP.

Joe Willock:

Another promising youngster, Willock is a solid squad option at the moment and will continue to develop. KEEP.

Emile Smith Rowe:

The 20-year-old has rarely featured this season but looks a decent prospect. Impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and a Premier League loan will give Arsenal a better idea of his long-term potential. KEEP BUT LOAN OUT.

Granit Xhaka:

Brought his Arsenal career back from the brink last season after a tantrum against Crystal Palace which cost him the captaincy. However, yet another moment of poor discipline which cost the Gunners dear against Burnley should spell the end of Xhaka's time at the Emirates. SELL.

Out on loan:

Lucas Torreira:

The Uruguayan initially impressed at Arsenal but fell out of favour under Arteta and was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid. However, he has struggled in La Liga and reports claim that Atletico want to cut his loan spell short in January.

Perhaps it is best for Torreira that he finds a new club where he can get his career back on track. SELL.

Matteo Guendouzi:

Also fell out of favour under Arteta and shipped out on loan, with the 21-year-old joining Hertha Berlin for the season. Hertha have been impressed by his performances so far and Arsenal could cash in on the midfielder if the Bundesliga side want to make the move permanent. SELL.

Forwards:

Alexandre Lacazette:

Had a poor season in front of goal so far and out of contract in the summer of 2022, so Arsenal may contemplate cashing in on the Frenchman.

However, it seems worth keeping hold of him for now while the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli are given time to establish themselves. KEEP.

Willian:

Less than six months into a three-year contract, Willian is a proven Premier League player and far from the only Arsenal player in poor form at the moment. KEEP.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:

Had a woeful start to the season but after scoring 22 Premier League goals in each of his last two campaigns, Aubameyang is a proven goalscorer. At 31, his career is on the wane and Arsenal will be hoping he still has plenty left in the tank. KEEP.

Nicolas Pepe:

He has had a stop-start Arsenal career so far, showing flashes of his quality but failing to do it on a consistent basis. At 25, it is to write him off and he could still come good. KEEP.

Reiss Nelson:

The 21-year-old has barely featured in the league this season and would probably benefit from a loan move to another Premier League side. KEEP BUT LOAN OUT.

Eddie Nketiah:

Given Arsenal's struggles in front of goal, it seems remarkable Nketiah has not been given more starts in the Premier League this season. The 21-year-old looks a good prospect, with rapid pace and impressive finishing. KEEP.

Gabriel Martinelli:

Unfortunately hampered by injury problems this season, the Brazilian looked impressive when he featured last year and looks another promising long-term prospect. KEEP.

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