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.

Mikel Arteta linked with Eric Garcia swoop

The Spanish international has made clear his intention to leave City when his contract expires at the end of campaign despite being elevated into a first team role.

Former club Barcelona have reportedly reached out over a deal with Garcia keen on a return to Catalonia.

However, according to reports from Metro, Arteta could challenge Barcelona with a January swoop.

City rejected a £15m offer from Ronald Koeman’s side during the summer, but due to his expiring contract situation that could now be open to bids.

Arteta is keen to improve his Gunners defence after a poor start to the season with Shkodran Mustafi and

Sokratis both almost certain to leave the club in 2021.
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Arsenal set to lose Shkodran Mustafi claims ex-Gunners striker

Mustafi, who has been at the Emirates Stadium since 2016, has made over 100 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

However, in recent seasons he has fallen out of favour with the fans due to some suspect performances – and it appears he has fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta too, with the Gunners boss opting not to start the 28-year-old against Manchester United at the weekend.

Reports claim the Germany international rejected offers of a new contract at the club and is likely to leave Arsenal next summer when his current deal expires.

It’s alleged the defender has informed Arsenal he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, and former Gunners forward Kevin Campbell admits he sees no future in North London for Mustafi.

Speaking to Football Insider about a possible Mustafi exit, Campbell said:

““That is a done deal. I think it is a done deal from both sides.

“Mustafi has taken a lot of stick in the past.

“It is difficult for players to take but we know what fans are like.

“Mustafi has had a good run at Arsenal but it is definitely coming to an end.”

Arsenal set to lose Shkodran Mustafi claims ex-Gunners striker

Mustafi, who has been at the Emirates Stadium since 2016, has made over 100 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

However, in recent seasons he has fallen out of favour with the fans due to some suspect performances – and it appears he has fallen out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta too, with the Gunners boss opting not to start the 28-year-old against Manchester United at the weekend.

Reports claim the Germany international rejected offers of a new contract at the club and is likely to leave Arsenal next summer when his current deal expires.

It’s alleged the defender has informed Arsenal he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, and former Gunners forward Kevin Campbell admits he sees no future in North London for Mustafi.

Speaking to Football Insider about a possible Mustafi exit, Campbell said:

““That is a done deal. I think it is a done deal from both sides.

“Mustafi has taken a lot of stick in the past.

“It is difficult for players to take but we know what fans are like.

“Mustafi has had a good run at Arsenal but it is definitely coming to an end.”

Premier League: Manchester City vs Arsenal

When the two sides last met, it was Arteta’s Arsenal who came out on top, eliminating Manchester City from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, before going on to lift the trophy at Wembley by beating Chelsea in the final.

And the Spaniard will be confident he can repeat the feat, given the two sides’ contrasting starts to the season. Arsenal are fourth, having won nine points from a possible 12, while City have only won one of their three games in the league, and sit 14th in the table at this early stage.

The Gunners will be boosted by the signing of Thomas Partey, who joined the club on deadline day from Atletico Madrid. The €45m signing may be involved in some capacity against City, who will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a loss to Leicester and a draw with Leeds United.

They still have problems up front though, as their two out-and-out centre forwards are both still struggling with injuries. Sergio Aguero has stepped up his recovery, and could make the squad, but Gabriel Jesus will miss out as he continues his recovery from an injury of his own.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is rated 50/50 after a spell out injured, but Raheem Sterling is expected to be fit after pulling out of the England squad with a tight hamstring last week. Kevin De Bruyne has also been ruled out after picking up an injury on international duty.

As for Arsenal, defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are ruled out, while Gabriel Martinelli remains sidelined until close to the end of the year with a knee injury. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suffered a sprained ankle recently but should shake it off to play.

Kieran Tierney was identified as a close contact of Scotland team mate Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive for COVID-19. Rules state that Tierney should self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution, but has also tested negative for the virus. Arteta is hoping for some clarification from the Premier League on the matter as it affects his participation.

Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday, October 17th. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool v Arsenal

The Reds have looked impressive as Jurgen Klopp’s side gear up for their title defence, with wins over Leeds and Chelsea in the opening two weeks.

Klopp’s main fitness concern is over skipper Jordan Henderson after he went off injured against Chelsea.
If he misses out, Thiago Alcantara will make his Anfield debut, with Fabinho set to fill in for Joe Gomez at centre back.

For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta will be pleased with back to back wins to start the season, but a trip to Liverpool will present a real test for his side.

With Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Kieran Tierney all still sidelined, Arteta will stick with Gabriel, Rob Holding and Saed Kolasinac in defence.

However, the Spaniard could be open to switching up his attack options, with the on-form Eddie Nketiah banging on the doo for a starting spot.

And it will be a late one for Klopp and Arteta on Monday night, with an 8pm kick at Anfield.