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2nd Jan, 2017 | 10:21pm

Why these three players could leave Arsenal in January

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Football Insider selects three players who could leave Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window, which officially opened on Sunday.

Chuba Akpom

The 21-year-old is an exciting prospect for Arsenal and he has always been a highly-rated youngster at the academy. He’s made just one first team appearance this season though, despite hopes he could make a greater breakthrough, so he could be sent out on loan in order to gain more match time. His last appearance came in the 4-0 EFL Cup victory against Nottingham Forest in September and he has spent the last few years on loan with a number of Championship and League One clubs.

Emiliano Martinez

The 24-year-old played in goal for Arsenal during their EFL Cup matches this season but he will likely struggle to gain any further appearances after they were knocked out of the competition. David Ospina and Petr Cech have the first two goalkeeping spots nailed down but Arsene Wenger is a fan of Martinez and may opt to send him out on loan in order to gain some regular first team action.

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Rob Holding

The young defender has made seven appearances for the Gunners this season and he could make a few more in the FA Cup but it’s highly unlikely he will feature regularly. There has been interest from Leeds and a loan move would be ideal in gaining experience. Wenger will probably not want to send Holding out if Carl Jenkinson leaves though, as the defender has also been linked with a loan move to Aston Villa. Whoever leaves, it could be a turning point in their career.

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