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Arsenal deadline day round-up: Every deal Edu completed yesterday

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Although Arsenal had no plans of signing anybody on deadline day, there was a lot of activity around the club.

Mikel Arteta and Edu’s main aim in the window was to trim our big squad. Arsenal started off brilliantly by sending William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac on loan. Mesut Ozil and Sokratis were sent on their way too after terminating their contracts.

Those four deals were good enough to call January a fairly successful transfer window, but Edu wasn’t done just yet. He was a busy man yesterday, and he signed off on a number of outgoings.

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Here are all of them.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German World Cup winner leaves us after four-and-a-years at the club. He has been trying to find a way out for a while, and his wishes were granted by Edu just a few minutes before the deadline.

Mustafi has now joined Schalke where he will team up with his good pal Kolasinac. The former Valencia man has had his success at Arsenal, but sadly, he will look back at his time at the Emirates with a lot of discontent as constant criticism ruined his confidence here.

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The versatile Englishman was desperate for regular game time to make his case for a spot in England’s Euros squad. He was never going to get that at Arsenal this season, and he had to look for a temporary move elsewhere as a result.

Southampton and Leicester City were reportedly keen, but it was West Bromwich Albion who won the race. Maitland-Niles will spend the remainder of the campaign at the Hawthorns, and Baggies fans will be hoping he can help save them from the drop.

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Joe Willock

Willock, like Maitland-Niles, had very little chance of getting game time at Arsenal this term. Martin Odegaard’s arrival pushed him further down the pecking order, and it was the best thing for him to get himself some experience.

The Englishman has joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season. A good run of games there will do him a world of good – just like Emile Smith Rowe who benefitted massively from his spell at Huddersfield last season.

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Zech Medley and Matt Smith

Both players were recalled from their loan deals at Gillingham and Swindon Town respectively. Medley and Smith made a brilliant impression in their respective clubs, and they now have a chance to showcase their skills in comparatively bigger sides.

Medley has joined Scottish top-flight side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the season, while Smith has joined League One side Charlton Athletic who are hoping to get themselves promoted to the Championship this summer.

Both players are immensely talented and everyone at Arsenal will be hoping that they can make a big name for themselves from now until the end of the season.

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