Arsenal may not have announced a new signing yet, but there is certainly a lot of work going on behind the scenes in preparation for a busy transfer window.
As Gunners fans clamor for news of any potential arrivals amid links with Gabriel Jesus, Aaron Hickey, Gianluca Scamacca and Youri Tielemans, it’s important to remember that a number of first-team players are likely to also leave.
The first of these will be Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal announced on Friday that the forward – who joined for a club-record £46.5million in the summer of 2017 – was to leave on a free transfer to the his contract expires on June 30. with a strongly evoked return to Lyon.
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Additionally, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, Alex Runarsson and Pablo Mari could also be sold as Gunners technical director Edu seeks to raise funds to bolster the first-team squad. Mikel Arteta before the new season.
However, it’s not just permanent exits that will be on the agenda as Arsenal are likely to send a number of players out on loan next season. Young defender Harry Clarke is already included in the 2022/23 loan army after joining Scottish Premiership side Hibernian on an 18-month deal in January, meaning his move to Easter Road is due to end on Monday. next summer.
Meanwhile, some of the club’s most promising youngsters such as Omari Hutchinson, Brooke Norton-Cuffy, Karl Hein, Arthur Okonkwo and Mika Biereth could all use loan spells next season to help their development, while the Tunisian journalist Walid El Mechri has claimed that Omar Rekik will finalize a loan move in the coming days, with Lille linked.
Whether that’s the case with Rekik remains to be seen, but one Arsenal player who is certainly on loan for the 2022/23 campaign is Auston Trusty. This was confirmed by the club on transfer deadline day in January after they finalized the signing of the defender from MLS side Colorado Rapids.
“Trusty, 23, will remain with the Colorado Rapids until at least the end of the Premier League season in May,” read a statement via the club’s official website. “The intention then is to loan him out to Europe for the 2022/23 season to continue his development.”
It’s yet to be revealed which European club Trusty will end up joining on loan, but it’s already been decided that the 23-year-old won’t be part of Arteta’s plans for next season.
In terms of takings, Trusty’s compatriot Matt Turner is set to be the first new arrival at the Emirates Stadium after revealing he had to fly to London in a few weeks to undergo a medical and then go through all the formalities after a £4.5. million dollar transaction closed in January.
“My official release [from New England Revolution] is June 24,” he said in an interview with Fox Sports last month. “I think the Revs have games June 19 and then June 26. So I would be available for selection for on the 19th but not on the 26th. My flight is booked just after this game on the 19th.”