Arsenal confirmed last night that Lucas Torreira has left the club on a permanent deal, and The Evening Standard claim now that the Gunners’ priority is to push Pablo Mari and Runar Alex Runarsson out of the Emirates next.
The Uruguayan joined us four years ago from Sampdoria, and he was viewed by many as an incredible signing. His first season at the Emirates was truly spectacular, and many expected him to become our first-choice defensive midfielder for the years to come.
However, things just didn’t work out for Torreira, and he’s now gone. Arsenal want to push two other players out of the door next to free up space in the squad, and that could happen very, very soon.
Arsenal want to push Pablo Mari and Alex Runarsson out after Torreira
Torreira could well be the first of many to leave Arsenal in the next three weeks.
The report claims that Mari, who joined Arsenal initially on loan in January 2020, is set to leave the club next. Serie A side Monza are in talks over a loan deal for the Spaniard, and the two clubs are now discussing terms that would make this deal permanent next year.
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Mari still has two years left on his Arsenal contract.
The other player who is set to leave Arsenal is Runarsson. The Iceland international is arguably the worst signing of the Mikel Arteta era, and he simply has to go. Turkish side Antalyaspor are said to be keen to sign him.
Other players who could depart
Our focus at the moment is clearly on outgoings and Torreira is just the first of many. Mari and Runarsson are expected to leave Arsenal in the coming days, as are at least two other first-team players.
Hector Bellerin has been heavily linked with a return to Spain, and it is very likely that his move will go through at some point before the window shuts.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is another player who should be on his way out. It’s surprising that there are no offers for him on the table just yet, but it’s clear that he has no future at the club, and we expect him to move on in the coming weeks.
The two other players who could leave are Reiss Nelson and Nicolas Pepe. It looks unlikely at this stage, but the transfer window is full of surprises in the final week, and anything can still happen.