Mikel Arteta to sanction seven summer transfer exits that could raise Arsenal millions

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney of Arsenal before the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Strength in depth is something that Arsenal have been able to add to their squad in recent transfer windows. Whereas in seasons gone by, Mikel Arteta has had a very restricted pool of players he can trust, this season he feels he’s got closer to a squad that compete for the very biggest trophies.

Still though, there is scope to do more. Arsenal are keen to add at least a forward player, a midfielder and a defender to their ranks this summer. New signings may not stop there depending on movements elsewhere in the squad.

But with heavy investment likely to once again be on the agenda, the Gunners know that they will have to generate some money from player sales. Last summer was slightly underwhelming on that front. Granit Xhaka, Folarin Balogun and Matt Turner all left for decent fees, but Arsenal were ultimately hoping for more.

With teams all over the Premier League and beyond looking at the talent they possess there is hope that those wrongs could be righted this time around. Here football.london takes a look at some of the players Arsenal are open to moving on.

Arthur Okonkwo

Arthur Okonkwo has had a string of really impressive loan spells recently. Last year he spent the first half of the season at Crewe before going on to win the Austrian Cup with Sturm Graz. This season he has established himself as first choice at Wrexham, keeping 11 clean sheets in 27 appearances as the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney-owned club seek promotion to League One.

Despite that impressive form Arsenal are set to lose this Hale End graduate on a free. The decision was taken in the summer to allow Okonkwo to join Wrexham to give him more exposure at this early point in his career. The 22-year-old will not be signing a new contract in north London though, and will leave this summer.

Cedric Soares

We’ve been here before, but it does seem that Cedric Soares is finally going to leave Arsenal this summer. The Portuguese full-back came close to joining Galatasaray and Besiktas in January, but ultimately ended up staying in north London.

Compared to the first half of the season where he played just 65 minutes, Cedric has garnered far more game time since the winter break and has made three Premier League appearances. With his contract up in the summer though and Jurrien Timber, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jakub Kiwior all ahead of him in the pecking order in the full-back positions, he will leave on a free.

Nuno Tavares

Tavares is another player who Arsenal were open to selling in January. The Portuguese full-back had interest from Marseille over a permanent move, but after failing to secure a recall clause in his loan move to Nottingham Forest, Arsenal were forced to wait till the summer.

The 24-year-old’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, although Arsenal do have the option to extend by a further 12 months. If they’re able to find a permanent buyer though, Tavares will leave for good this summer.

Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney seemed to suggest in an interview earlier this year that he was very much open to continuing his career away from the Emirates Stadium. The Scottish international is still a popular player in north London, but he struggled to adapt to Mikel Arterta’s tactical demands.

He has done well during a loan spell with Real Sociedad after failing to find a permanent exit last summer. With Arsenal so stacked in the full-back positions, they’ll be viewing this summer as the last chance to get a decent fee for Tierney who has two years remaining on his contract.

Albert Sambi Lokonga

Lokonga has probably been one of the biggest success stories of Arsenal’s loan army this season. After struggling initially with injuries he has established himself as a key player for Luton and even drew praise from Jurgen Klopp for his displays.

The 24-year-old looks to once again be playing with the smile that was so present in his early days at Arsenal. It’s unlikely that his career will continue in north London, but with two years remaining on his contract this will be the summer Arsenal look to sell.

Thomas Partey

Arsenal were open to offers on Thomas Partey in the first part of last summer. When nothing suitable came in the decision was taken to keep the Ghanaian on.

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