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Arsenal transfer deadline briefing: Ox gone, Sanchez leave fans hanging

How have Arsenal got on in the summer transfer window? Here's a look at the dealings in and out of the Emirates and an update on what to expect in January.

Net spend (estimated)

-£3 million.

Completed signings 

Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, £46.5m), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke, free transfer).

Potential signings 

Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Jean Seri (Nice).

Players missed out on

Kylian Mbappe, who is set to complete a move to PSG, and his Monaco teammate Thomas Lemar, who is the subject of interest from Liverpool.

Thomas Lemar had been linked with Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has played down hopes of a deal being done this summer.

Potential January targets

Lemar could still be targeted in the next transfer window if he has not already left the Stade Louis II.

Players promoted to first team squad

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Completed sales

Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus, €12.2m), Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal, €11m), Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion, £7m), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool, rising to £40m).

Potential sales 

Alexis Sanchez, Shkodran Mustafi, Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Perez, Chuba Akpom.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has long been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Players who can't be moved out

Joel Campbell, who would have been a candidate for a loan or sale but is ruled out for the rest of the year through injury.

Players due for contract renewal

Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere's contracts all expire next summer.

Areas of squad with shortcomings 

Should Sanchez leave, the Gunners will struggle to replace his quality and versatility in attack. Centre-back and central midfield were two areas that required addressing when the window opened. Now, with Gabriel and Oxlade-Chamberlain out the door, the matter is more pressing. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another Arsenal player who could leave for a Premier League rival.

Has this been a good window?

No. It started out well with the signings of Kolasinac and Lacazette, but has since deteriorated as the squad is clearly unsettled.

Some players want to leave but aren't being sold; others are up for sale but can't find buyers. And Arsenal needed one or two more top-quality signings.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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