Arsenal Football Club is reportedly gearing up to part ways with four players in order to fund more transfers before the current transfer window shuts.
The club has already signed top talents such as Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice, and just recent David Raya, however reports posit Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta for more transfer activity.
Recent reports from Football Insider have indicated that left-back Kieran Tierney’s future at the club is in jeopardy, with a summer exit being touted.
The situation is compounded by Tierney’s noticeable absence from the squad that faced Nottingham Forest.
Furthermore, this wave of departures could also include Rob Holding, Nicolas Pepe, and Nuno Tavares, all of whom were left out of the 23-man squad that triumphed over Forest with a 2-1 score line last Saturday.
While Arteta is eyeing another attacking addition before the impending transfer deadline, the club faces the implication of not offloading players before bringing in more signings due to Financial Fair Play regulations.
The Gunners had initially turned down an offer for Rob Holding from Turkish heavyweights Besiktas earlier in the summer while Kieran Tierney attracted interest from Newcastle.
Adding to the rumor mill is Manchester City defender, Aymeric Laporte being linked to Arsenal following new signing, Jurrien Timber picking up an injury that puts him out for a considerable period of the season.
However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano provided insights into the situation, asserting that City is hesitant to sell to their direct competitors.
“Earlier in the summer, Arsenal contemplated acquiring a ‘traditional’ center-back, as opposed to a versatile player like Timber, who can operate in various defensive positions,” Romano shared.
“One player on their radar is Aymeric Laporte – the speculations hold truth as Arsenal holds an appreciation for him. However, the predicament arises from Manchester City’s reluctance to offload another player to Arsenal.
“They prefer another destination for him, so let’s see if Arsenal return for Laporte or if they try to replace Timber with a full-back instead.
“Internal discussions will take place on that, with Mikel Arteta involved.”