Arsenal has already brought in several new reinforcements during the summer 2023 transfer window. Alongside player acquisitions, The Gunners also plan to part ways with some of their current players.
Arsenal successfully secured the signings of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and Declan Rice. In fact, Rice’s arrival broke Arsenal’s transfer record.
However, rumors suggest that Arsenal is not done with their search for new players. The team under Mikel Arteta has recently been linked with the potential signings of Bitello from Gremio or Mohammed Kudus from Ajax.
On the other hand, Arsenal has already bid farewell to several players. Granit Xhaka, Pablo Mari, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have decided to part ways with The Gunners.
Yet, there are still other players who could follow in the footsteps of these three and leave Arsenal in the near future. Arteta is keen on streamlining his squad.
Here are seven players who could be departing from Arsenal in the coming weeks:
1. Rob Holding
Rob Holding has been with Arsenal since 2016. However, the English central defender has often found himself on the substitutes’ bench. Holding faces tough competition from players like Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, or Jakub Kiwior. Last season, the 27-year-old only made 14 appearances in the Premier League.
Currently, Holding is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2024. Due to limited playing opportunities, the former Bolton Wanderers player is expected to leave the club this summer.
2. Cedric Soares
Cedric Soares has not had many opportunities to play during his time at Arsenal. The Portuguese right-back was loaned to Fulham in the second half of last season.
After not being permanently transferred to Fulham, Cedric had to return to Arsenal. However, it is unlikely that Cedric will displace players like Takehiro Tomiyasu or Ben White.
Cedric is under contract with Arsenal until 2024. Given that he was not included in Arsenal’s pre-season tour, he is almost certain to leave the club this summer.
3. Runar Alex Runarrson
Arsenal signed Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon in 2020. However, the Icelandic goalkeeper has never been the first-choice option under the goalposts for The Gunners.
Runarsson made only six appearances across all competitions with Arsenal. The 28-year-old goalkeeper was loaned to Turkish club Alanyaspor last season.
Runarsson has one more year left on his Arsenal contract. Nevertheless, it seems he has no future at Emirates Stadium and is likely to move on in the near future.
4. Albert Sambi Lokonga
Albert Sambi Lokonga has faced difficulties since joining Arsenal. The Belgian midfielder has yet to showcase his best performance in the midfield.
Lokonga was loaned to Crystal Palace last season. However, the 23-year-old player is no longer a regular starter after Roy Hodgson replaced Patrick Vieira as the head coach.
Lokonga’s contract at Emirates Stadium still has three more years to run. Nonetheless, it appears that he will move on after Arsenal’s expensive acquisition of Declan Rice.
5. Nuno Tavares
Nuno Tavares impressed while on loan at Marseille last season. He scored six goals in 24 matches in Ligue 1. However, Marseille chose not to make Tavares’ move permanent.
Nevertheless, The Gunners still have Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko to fill the left-back position. Tavares seems to be not in Mikel Arteta’s plans for this season. As a result, he has a high likelihood of being sold this summer.
6. Folarin Balogun
Folarin Balogun showed remarkable performance while on loan at Reims last season. He scored 22 goals for the Ligue 1 team.
However, Balogun has no place in Arsenal’s forward line, as Mikel Arteta has players like Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah to fill that position. Arsenal is willing to let Balogun leave during this summer’s transfer window, with Inter Milan reportedly interested in signing the American striker.
7. Auston Trusty
Arsenal brought in Auston Trusty from Colorado Rapids in January 2022. The American defender was then loaned to Birmingham City last season.
Trusty scored four goals in 44 Championship matches and helped his team avoid relegation. As a result, he was named Birmingham’s Player of the Season.
Despite his impressive performance in the last 12 months, Trusty seems to have no place in Arsenal’s defense, especially after The Gunners’ acquisition of Jurrien Timber.