Mikel Arteta is slowly turning Arsenal into a force to be reckoned with and after a successful summer transfer window, has built a squad that is ready to compete in a bid to return to Europe.
But as new players arrive, old players will need to be moved on to not only keep everyone happy but to recoup transfer fees and balance the books.
With no European football to placate and satisfy such a large squad, moving players on in January in order to make room for one or two key signings could give Mikel Arteta the team he needs to finish inside the top-six.
The former Arsenal number one has well and truly been replaced by summer signing Aaron Ramsdale.
Ramsdale’s spectacular save in the recent win over Leicester City not only cemented his place as Arteta’s first choice but also put him in the conversation for England’s number one.
Reduced to Carabao Cup cameos, Leno will want to re-establish himself as a starter and it won’t happen at the Emirates Stadium.
Having been linked with a move to Italy with Inter, Leno himself hinted that a January move could be on the cards.
“London is very nice; Milan is not bad either and closer to my home Stuttgart,” Leno said to SportBild, via Sport Witness.
“But I’m not seriously thinking about that yet. I feel comfortable at Arsenal and in London.
“Only if nothing changes in my situation by winter would I have to think about things: what option do I have, how can I continue? But I’m concentrating on my work in training; I can’t commit to anything else at the moment.”
Late moves from Turkish sides Galatasaray and Besiktas at the end of the summer transfer window fell apart for Elneny.
talkSport claim wage demands were not met between the midfielder and Besiktas, the team he spent the 2020/21 season on loan with.
Two Carabao cup starts and a substitute appearance in the Premier League is all the action Elneny has seen so far this season and with Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga establishing themselves in Arteta’s midfield, a move away from the Emirates in two months could be the best for all involved.
A Hale End academy graduate, Maitland-Niles has played in virtually every position across the defence and midfield for the first-team but has yet to nail down one spot.
A jack of all trades, master of none, the 24-year-old has reached a point in his career where he needs to be starting week in week out.
It looked like the one-time capped England international was on his way out at the end of the summer transfer window after he voiced his frustration on social media platform Instagram.
He said on his Instagram story: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,” accompanied by three crying face emojis and tagging @arsenal into it.
Since then, he has received more game time but often as a late substitute.
Burnley were linked with a move in the summer and they could come back in for a move in January.
Lacazette’s form has left Arteta with a difficult decision to make.
His late goal against Crystal Palace salvaged a point at home and though he hasn’t scored in the four games since, he has contributed greatly to the team’s wins in those games.
That being said, his contract runs out in the summer and at 30, now may be the best time to cash in on a striker who still has a lot to offer at the top level.