Arsenal set to agree Sead Kolasinac January transfer exit as Gabriel Martinelli to benefit

Arsenal: Arteta provides transfer update

Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is poised to rejoin his former side Schalke on a temporary basis next month. The 27-year-old has played just once in the Premier League this season, with boss Mikel Arteta often preferring to deploy Kieran Tierney or Bukayo Saka at left-back.

Kolasinac is said to be in line to return to the German outfit on a six-month loan deal, with Arsenal understood to be paying a significant portion of his wages.

The Serbian will be hoping for an increased chance of first-team action at Schalke as the club aim to avoid a shock relegation from the Bundesliga.

Die Knappen are currently languishing at the foot of the table and are the only side in the division yet to register a single win all season.

Kolasinac’s departure from Arsenal will open up a spot in the club’s 25-man Europa League squad, with the Gunners set to entertain Benfica over two legs in the competition’s round of 32 stage in February.

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The Evening Standard has reported that exciting teenage winger Gabriel Martinelli may be selected to fill the vacancy after completing his recovery from a long-term injury.

The youngster returned to action earlier this month and has impressed supporters and pundits alike, showing promise in attack and a clear desire to make the most of his first-team opportunities.

Arsenal are enduring a torrid campaign, with the club currently occupying 13th place in the Premier League table having won just six of their opening 16 matches.

Despite Martinelli’s strong performances, Arteta has insisted that fans should not expect too much from the youngster or view him as the solution to all of the club’s problems.

“We cannot put that pressure on his shoulders,” he said ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City earlier this month.

“It’s not fair for him. He brings that enthusiasm that the fans can see because he’s got something special, a special energy every time he steps on that field.

“But remember that Gabi, what he’s done in the Premier League, the time that he’s been with us is very limited. Let him develop, like we are doing with many other young kids that we have here.

“It’s the same with many other young players that are probably taking more responsibility than perhaps they should do in this moment.

“It’s the squad that we have at the moment and what we have to manage. They have to try to do their best but I don’t think it’s fair to put all the pressure on them now as well.”

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