The 5 Arsenal Players Who Could Leave Before the End of the Transfer Window

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2016

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, left, is challenged by Aston Villa’s Carlos Sanchez during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, May  30, 2015 . (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Arsenal’s incoming transfer business appears to be close to completion. Having secured deals for Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano and Rob Holding, they have landed Lucas Perez (via the club's website) and are on the verge of announcing the capture of Shkodran Mustafi (via Sky Sports).

Once the Mustafi deal is finalised, they will neither need nor have room for any more additions.

However, there could still be a few Arsenal players on their way out of the club before the window closes. In this piece, we identify five players who could depart the Emirates Stadium in the coming hours.


Calum Chambers 

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This one looks certain to happen. Although Chambers started the first game of the season against Liverpool, he was far from convincing as the Gunners shipped four goals to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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The writing was really on the wall when Chambers was dropped for the subsequent matches against Leicester and Watford, with the inexperienced Holding picked to start instead.

With Mustafi also set to arrive, it looks as if Chambers would find first-team football difficult to come by at the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately, regular game time is precisely what he needs in order to iron out the weaknesses in his game.

It’s therefore no great surprise that he may be loaned to Middlesbrough. According to Sky Sports' Paul Vinnell, Chambers will have a medical ahead of a temporary switch to the Premier League new boys.

The fact that it’s a loan deal suggests that Arsene Wenger retains some faith in the England U21 regular. The potential has long been clear, but over the past 18 months, Chambers has struggled to translate that into any kind of form.

Hopefully a spell at Middlesbrough is just what he needs to kickstart his ailing career.


Serge Gnabry 

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After Gnabry’s outstanding performances at the 2016 Olympics, where he helped Germany secure a silver medal, Wenger insisted his future lay in north London.

Gnabry nabbed five goals in six games, and an enamoured Arsenal boss told Jack Bezants of MailOnline: "I want to keep Serge Gnabry and extend his contract. I think we stood by him. He went to West Brom, didn't play, we had to rebuild his confidence. I allowed him to go to the Olympics to help Germany. I think he's here now for a long time."

The decision to allow Joel Campbell to join Sporting Lisbon on loan looked like an attempt to create room for Gnabry in the squad. However, those efforts may prove to have been in vain—the player is now linked with a move to Werder Bremen.

According to Sky Sports, the young midfielder was previously set for a loan move and linked to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, however, now he appears set for a permanent transfer to Bremen:

Arsenal's Serge Gnabry is set to sign for Werder Bremen, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

Sky sources reported earlier in the window that Gnabry was being offered to clubs on loan, but that manager Arsene Wenger wanted the Germany international to sign a contract extension.

Bremen's sporting director Frank Baumann says they have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the 21-year-old winger, and denied reports that Bayern Munich are part of any deal.

Arsenal will be extremely disappointed to lose such a promising player—especially having stood by him through a number of serious injury problems.


Jack Wilshere

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In what could be the most surprising move of this final week of the window, Arsenal have seemingly made Wilshere available to loan.  

It’s a decision that makes a certain amount of sense. After signing Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in 2016, the Gunners have more midfield depth than ever before.

Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil are also available to play in the middle of the park—and that’s before mentioning the likes of Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both versatile enough to fill in if required. 

Wilshere needs regular football to reignite a stalling career and may have to go elsewhere to get that. The Press Association (h/t the Guardian) report:

Jack Wilshere is set to leave Arsenal on a loan deal. The 24-year-old has been limited to two substitute appearances this season and it is believed a temporary move has been mutually agreed between the England midfielder and club.

It is unclear where the 34-cap Wilshere, who missed out on Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, may head but he is sure to have plenty of options as the transfer window comes to a close.

Perhaps his omission from the England squad played a significant part in his decision to leave on loan. Wilshere loves representing his country and knows Allardyce is unlikely to pick him unless he's playing frequently.

The concern for Arsenal fans will be that they have a history of suffering multiple injuries in midfield.

Wilshere may only be a reserve in north London, but when it comes to Arsenal, reserves are regularly needed. If the Gunners suffer another injury crisis, they will regret allowing Wilshere to go.


Chuba Akpom

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Although Chuba Akpom enjoyed another impressive pre-season, he’s still unlikely to get an opportunity to make an impact in the Premier League.  

Last season, he spent the campaign on loan with Championship Hull City. This term, a loan switch to a Premier League club would seem like a sensible option. Akpom needs to begin testing himself against top-flight defences but is not yet ready for a starting spot with Arsenal.

According to James Benge of the Evening Standard, he could make a switch before the Aug. 31 deadline.


Yaya Sanogo

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Sanogo surely has no role to play in Arsenal’s first-team squad this season. In 2015/16, he had underwhelming loan campaigns with both Ajax and Charlton, and it would be a rather desperate state of affairs if he were called upon to represent the Gunners this season.

With Lucas having arrived, and Danny Welbeck’s injury healing quicker than anticipated, it’s surely time to allow the Frenchman to move on permanently.

The one thing preventing Sanogo from moving might well be his fitness problems. Sanogo is currently sidelined with the latest in a long line of injuries, and it’s possible he would not be able to pass a medical before the transfer deadline passes.


James McNicholas is Bleacher Report's lead Arsenal correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout 2016/17. Follow him on Twitter here.