The 11 Arsenal players who could still leave the club this summer

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 6 Jul 2022 14:12 BST
  • 3 min read
Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal, 2021/22

Arsenal have enjoyed an impressive start to the 2022 summer transfer window, completing a number of eye-catching deals.

Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos have all arrived at the Emirates Stadium as manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu have sought to get much of their business done quickly.

But while the club have been quick to snap up new signings, departures have not been as prompt. Alexandre Lacazette has been released after his contract expired, while Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavropanos have been sold, but these players had already spent long periods of the club away on loan.

The squad continues to need trimmed down and as many as 11 players could be on their way out before the close of the summer transfer window. As many as eight first-team players could be sold in order to raise money to sign a centre-back, a midfielder and a wide attacker.

Who will Arsenal sell?

Goal reports that the cull could start in goal, where Bernd Leno is set to depart with a year left on his contract. The German wants regular football to try to force his way into World Cup contention in November. Equally, Alex Runarsson is poised to leave after an unsuccessful stint at the Emirates.

Academy player Arthur Okonkwo is set to be loaned out.

In defence, Hector Bellerin is seeking a move back to Real Betis, where he spent last season on loan, while Nuno Tavares could be loaned out after just a single season at the club. Pablo Mari, meanwhile, is another who is available.

Midfielders Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira can both depart, while winger Nicolas Pepe is up for sale, but Arsenal believe the likeliest way to shift the big-money flop is a loan move with an option to buy. Fellow wide player Reiss Nelson can also go.

Finally, youngster Folarin Balogun is set to be sent on loan after spending time at Middlesbrough last season, despite Arsenal possessing only Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah as natural centre forwards.