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Completed five transfers
Arsenal were very busy on the day of the transfer deadline, closing no fewer than five deals with three of the first-team players either on loan or permanently leaving N5.
The first two deals may have flown under the radar as U23 duo Matt Smith and Zech Medley switched to Charlton Athletic and Kilmarnock for the remainder of the season.
Defender Shkodran Mustafi next sealed an exit from the Emirates after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with the Gunners and joining Schalke to be reunited with Sead Kolasinac.
The last two transfers were announced shortly before 11pm.
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Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be on loan at West Brom for the remainder of the season, where he will be part of a relegation battle in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Joe Willock has decided to join Newcastle United in search of regular first-team football.
Junior Firpo request
According to reports in Spain, Arsenal asked about the signing of Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo.
But apparently nothing came off when Mikel Arteta’s final transfer mission designed to bring Kieran Tierney under cover as a left-back was not completed.
With that in mind, it would have been interesting to see how the Gunners circumvented the rules of the Premier League squad as there are no vacant, non-domestic seats.
This is because the Premier League rules state that clubs can have a maximum of 17 foreign players on their 25-man roster.
Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi, who joined Schalke, made room for Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard to sign loans, so another foreign player had to be sold for the Firpo deal to make sense.
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With the mid-season window closed, some Arsenal fans have already started turning towards summer after some interesting news emerged.
The Athletic has elaborated that Inter Milan ace Achraf Hakimi could be available at the end of the season due to the Italian side’s financial troubles.
Inter landed the Moroccan international for a € 40m fee from Real Madrid this summer but failed to make the first € 10m payment for the transfer. Both sides agreed to postpone the first payment until the end of March.
Finances remain tense, however, and although Hakimi is happy at the San Siro, it is said he is open to a move to the Premier League.
In fact, Arsenal reportedly had a long-term interest in the former Real Madrid youngster and considered a deal last season.
It is said that Arsenal ultimately decided not to move due to the pricing and payment structure, while they also preferred to keep Hector Bellerin as their first choice right-back.