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Monday Cannon Fodder: deadline day

Arsenal Training Session Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Ah Deadline Day. The day where outlets run with “stories” sourced from the very thinnest snippets of information because they need content and clicks. This January window has been, generally, a quiet one because finances are tight across European football. I expect the close of the January window to be a similarly low-event affair.

Arsenal got most of their important business done earlier in the window — sending Sead Kolasinac on loan, terminating the contracts of both Mesut Özil and Sokratis through mutual consent so that the players could move to Fenerbahçe and Olympiakos respectively, and bringing in Martin Ødegaard on loan.

The Gunners may not be finished in the transfer market, but barring something truly out of right field, I don’t expect any more incoming players. There’s a good bit of buzz that the club are going to move Shkodran Mustafi to Schalke, either on a low fee or through terminating his contract. Arsenal are also working on loan moves that could see Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Zech Medley, and perhaps a handful of other younger players spend the second half of the season elsewhere.

As always, we’ll keep an eye on anything and everything happening today.