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5 Players Who Could Leave Arsenal In The January Transfer Window

Arsenal continue to be an inconsistent outfit under Mikel Arteta, who has come under immense pressure since the start of the season. However, the Spanish tactician has managed to find balance in his team, and produce some good performances in the past few weeks.

The Gunners were heavy spenders during the summer, bringing in young talent as they sought to reduce the average age of the squad. Arsenal’s rebuild is not yet over, but their transfer window can be described as a positive one.

However, a few Arsenal players are now likely to leave the north London side, which includes squad players as well as first-team regulars.

On that note, let's take a look at 5 players who could leave Arsenal in the January transfer window.

5. Rob Holding

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There have always been doubts about Rob Holding being an Arsenal starter. The signings of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes have pushed Rob Holding further down the pecking order at the Emirates stadium.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta made Ben White his primary transfer target last summer, and eventually got his man. The England defender cost Arsenal nearly £53 million from Brighton & Hove Albion and he has immediately become a key first-team member of Arsenal’s squad.

Rob Holding, who was one of Arsenal's better performers last season, has been reduced to just a squad player this season.

Holding joined Arsenal from Bolton Wanderers in 2016 for nearly £3 million. Injuries, though, have restricted his appearances for the north London side.

Last season, he was Mikel Arteta's preferred centre-back. But so far this season, the 26-year old has made four appearances in all competitions, and could well leave the club in January to seek for more game time.

4. Mohamed Elneny

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For a brief period of last season, it looked as if Mohamed Elneny had clawed his way back into Mikel Arteta's plans. The Egyptian midfielder joined Arsenal from Basel in 2016 for a few of £11.2 million.

Elneny has never been a consistent starter at Arsenal, enjoying a season-long loan spell at Besiktas a few years ago. The 29-year-old produced some commendable performances last season, but it is unlikely he will be viewed as a starter for Arsenal in the games ahead.

Mohamed Elneny has made only two appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season. The injury to Granit Xhaka might increase his playing time, But it is more likely that the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles may be preferred to him. So Elneny looks likely to leave Arsenal soon.

3. Calum Chambers

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A product of Southampton's famed academy, Arsenal's Calum Chambers was highly rated during his days with the Saints.

However, things have not gone according to plan for the defender at the Emirates stadium. Calum Chambers joined Arsenal in 2014 for £18.2 million, but has not been a regular in the first eleven. Chambers, who’s capable of operating as a centre-back, right-back and as a defensive midfielder, has struggled to get going at the Gunners.

The England international has enjoyed loan spells with Middlesbrough and Fulham during this period. His time with Fulham was particularly fruitful, with Chambers winning the Fulham Player of the Year for his performances. The 26-year-old has made only three appearances in all competitions this season, so a fresh start could suit him.

2. Bernd Leno

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Bernd Leno has been one of Arsenal's better performers under Mikel Arteta. While he is prone to mistakes, the goalkeeper has generally stood tall when called upon.

This summer, though, the Germany international was linked with a move away from Arsenal.

Leno joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5 million in 2018, and has been the club's first-choice goalkeeper since then. The arrival of Aaron Ramsdale in the summer from Sheffield United for £25.2 million has altered the equation, though.

Both Ramsdale and Leno have been rotated by Mikel Arteta so far this season. It has been reported that the Spanish tactician prefers Ramsdale due to his ability on the ball.

With the FIFA World Cup coming up next year, Bernd Leno will be keen to be a part of the Germany national team. The 29-year-old has been linked with German clubs, where he could head to in January.

1. Alexandre Lacazette

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Alexandre Lacazette is unlikely to be an Arsenal player for much longer, with his current contract expiring next summer.

There has been little to suggest that Arsenal are going to offer him a new contract, with the club being linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

Lacazette has done well for Arsenal since joining the noth London giants from Lyon in 2017 for a then club-record fee of nearly £48 million. The France international might not be a prolific goalscorer, but his work ethic and technique have been useful for Arsenal.

Letting go of the frenchman will free up wages, as Arsenal seek to refresh their forward line. The 30-year-old has been linked with moves to the likes of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.

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