HAPPY NEW YEAR, GOONERS!
The January transfer window is now open but the first piece of Arsenal business is already in the books.
Sead Kolasinac departs for Schalke on loan until the end of the season.
And Mikel Arteta is intent on seeing plenty more expensive reserves moved out in the month ahead.
He told the club website: “We’ve had some conversations around a few players and whether we can find some loans because the numbers we have in the squad at the moment are really big. Again, we cannot confirm anything yet.
“We have a large squad, we knew that and a lot of things we wanted to do in the summer, we couldn’t accomplish for different reasons.
“There are some players that are going to go on loan, they are going to leave, and that’s the priority at the moment.”
In terms of incomings, RB Leipzig winger Marcel Sabitzer is said to be a target after the German side beat Arsenal to Dominik Szoboszlai.
The £45million-rated Austrian midfielder is a target for a host of clubs, including Spurs.
According to ESPN, Mikel Arteta identified Sabitzer as the creative spark in midfield he desperately craves.
The Leipzig captain, 26, scored 16 and assisted 11 last season and has three of each so far this term.
And, finally, yesterday saw the sad news that former Arsenal player Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92.
The Scot spent three years at Highbury after signing from Preston in 1958, and went on to manage the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.