Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta puts ‘two more up for sale’ as January exodus continues

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Arsenal ‘will consider’ transfer offers for defensive duo Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari this month, according to reports. The pair have found playing time hard to come by at the Emirates Stadium and Mikel Arteta is understood to be willing to allow them to leave in January. 

Arteta has settled on Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White as his preferred centre-back pairing.  

The Gunners have enjoyed plenty of success with a more consistent partnership in their back-line.  

But that has left Chambers and Mari fighting to play in more matches. Neither have featured in the Premier League since August.  

And they have apparently been told that they are free to depart in the January window. 

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According to Sky Sports, any approaches for the pair will be ‘considered’. 

Selling the two outcasts would likely allow Arteta to make room for a couple of signings. 

The Spaniard faces the unique situation of potentially losing all three of his senior striking options ahead of the 2022-23 season.  

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract in June and do not appear any closer to penning fresh deals. 

Nketiah has been linked with Crystal Palace and Bayern Leverkusen. He can sign a pre-contract with the latter ahead of a possible summer switch.  

There also appears to be little chance of Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang rekindling his Arsenal career.  

Sky Sports claim that the former club captain – who is currently with Gabon ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations – has been told he can leave this month.  

One expected departure from the north Londoners is that of Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Roma. The 24-year-old is heading to Serie A on an initial loan deal until the end of the season.  

“Ainsley came to me and explained the reasons why he thought the best thing for him and his career was to move away,” Arteta said of the move on Friday.

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“He felt the opportunity to go to Rome and work with Jose [Mourinho] was a good one. 

“Being fair with the amount of minutes that he’s played he was entitled to that opportunity. We wish him the best. 

“We’re very short at the moment [in midfield], but this shouldn’t be the only reason for keeping a player. 

“Ainsley was very straight with me and I understood the situation. Obviously, we’re going to move and look for options as we’re very short there.”
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