Mikel Arteta to sanction departures of three Arsenal players in the summer

Arsenal players in training

 

Arsenal are reportedly considering the departure of several fringe players this summer, with some loaned-out talents failing to impress manager Mikel Arteta enough to earn a place in the first team.

Players such as Charlie Patino and Kieran Tierney have spent the season away from Arsenal but have not sufficiently demonstrated their worth to Arteta, potentially paving the way for profitable sales.

Patino has reportedly informed the club that he will leave in the summer with Arteta still in charge of the club. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has spent consecutive seasons on loan in the Championship, appears to have lost favour with his current club, Swansea City.

Patino’s recent stint at Swansea has seen him make 32 Championship appearances, contributing three goals and four assists. However, his omission from the starting lineup in four of the last six league games has sparked speculation about his future. Italian clubs Juventus and Roma have expressed keen interest in acquiring the talented midfielder, with a move to Serie A reportedly appealing to Patino.

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Arsenal are exploring options at left-back with Oleksandr Zinchenko, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jakub Kiwior and Jurrien Timber all ahead of him in the pecking order, the Scottish left-back may likely not play for the Gunners again

Arsenal players Kierian Tierney, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Charlie Patino

Arsenal players Kierian Tierney, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Charlie Patino (Image credit: Getty Images)

Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, currently on loan at Luton Town FC, finds himself in a similar situation. While he has shown glimpses of promise during Luton’s maiden Premier League campaign under Rob Edwards, it appears unlikely that Lokonga has a future at Arsenal.

A report from The Evening Standard suggests that Lokonga may be eager for a fresh challenge, seeking regular playing time at a club where he can establish himself long-term.

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Lokonga, who joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021 for approximately £15 million, has struggled to cement his place at the club, making just 39 appearances before embarking on loan spells.

Despite shining at times during his loan stints, injuries have hampered Lokonga’s progress, disrupting what could have been a promising campaign for him.

At Arsenal, Lokonga was often deployed as cover for Thomas Partey but may be better suited to a more advanced midfield role, where his passing skills and vision can flourish.

With Arsenal poised to reinforce their midfield ranks in the summer transfer window, Lokonga’s chances of returning to the fold appear slim. A permanent exit may be the best outcome for all parties involved as Arsenal look to streamline their squad for the upcoming season.

 

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