Arsenal have announced the departure of another first-team player.

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The January transfer window will remain open for another week and the Gunners are continuing to trim down the numbers of their first-team squad whilst adding two new faces.

Sead Kolasinac has rejoined former club Schalke on loan, while William Saliba is spending the remainder of the season back in France with Ligue 1 side Nice.

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Meanwhile, Matt Macey’s move to Scottish side Hibernian was confirmed shortly after – making it three Arsenal departures before the middle of the month.

Three became four when Sokratis was released from his contract and the latest exit from the Emirates Stadium was confirmed this weekend – and it was a high-profile one at that.

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Mesut Ozil, who was not registered in the Premier League or Europa League squads this season – has completed his move to Fenerbahce on a free transfer.

Ozil’s exit could affect Arsenal’s recruitment plans for the remainder of the January transfer window.

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With Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu both in agreement that a creative midfielder should be the Gunners’ priority this month, Martin Odegaard looks set to join on loan from Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Arteta has also hinted at signing a left-back which has prompted links to Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand.

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With that said, the idea of both players joining Arsenal before the window closes hinges on the club freeing up some more slots in their 25-man Premier League squad.

At present, there’s no non-homegrown slots available following Kolasinac’s exit as his place has already been taken by Mat Ryan, who has joined on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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And because Macey was one of the five homegrown players included in the squad, Bertrand would be eligible to take his spot if the Gunners are able to seal a deal.

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However, because Ozil wasn’t named in the squad so there’s no spot to take.

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Therefore, Arteta and Edu are faced with a big decision.

As things stand, Arsenal wouldn’t be able to register Odegaard unless they’re able to sell or remove another non-homegrown player that was named in the squad.

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