Mikel Arteta says trimming Arsenal squad is January transfer window priority

The Gunners were able to offload Emiliano Martinez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on permanent deals in September while a month later Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira departed on loan.

But forgotten man Mesut Ozil remained at the Emirates along with Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac, who have barely featured in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal have been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco next month, but first of all technical director Edu will attempt to raise funds by moving on those who are surplus to requirements.

One player who is not set to depart is attacker Reiss Nelson, despite failing to play for the club since December 3.

It has been a stop-start campaign for the 21-year-old, who has scored once in eight outings for the Gunners this term. Mikeal Arteta confirmed Nelson had a muscular issue which saw him in and out of training, but not 100 per cent fit.

Torreira tipped for Arsenal exit as Magalhaes completes Gunners move

A move for the Brazilian has been in the pipeline for weeks now, with the Gunners fending off interest from fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Manchester United to secure Gabriel’s signature.

The 22-year-old has penned a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium that will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2025.

It’s a £25m switch from Ligue 1 side Lille which has been largely thanks to Arsenal’s Sporting Director, Edu.

The former Gunners midfielder was able to convince his fellow countryman that the Emirates is the place to be for a fresh challenge, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta will no doubt want to further strengthen his squad in order to secure a Champions League finish next season – but of course bringing in new signings means there needs to be some outgoings.

One of those players tipped to depart the club is midfielder Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguay international has been nursing a fractured ankle in recent months after picking up the injury shortly before lockdown in an FA Cup tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Sky Sports in Italy are reporting that Fiorentina are ‘desperate’ to bring Torreira back to Serie A, and have submitted an offer to Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has three years left on his contract at the Emirates, and it’s understood the Gunners are yet to respond to Fiorentina’s bid.