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Arsenal pair set to leave the club before transfer deadline

The Gunners remain active before Thursday’s deadline

Arsenal are set to see a further two departures in the final hours of the transfer window, even as they look to bring in additions in midfield and in the wide areas.

The Gunners have already seen more than 12 players depart, either on loan or permanently, this summer, and are expected to add one to each column in the final day of the summer window.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to depart the club, with the English midfielder set for another loan spell in the Premier League, this time at Southampton. His contract will be extended by a further year, and the Saints will have an option to buy the player at the end of the loan spell should they wish.

Maitland-Niles’ last spells have both been unsuccessful, firstly with West Brom and then with Serie A giants Roma. He was relegated with the Baggies, and underused by Jose Mourinho’s side.

Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin remains in talks with Arsenal over the potential termination of his contract, with the Spaniard still holding out for a move to Real Betis before Thursday’s deadline.

The two clubs have been at a deadlock for much of the summer, but the Spaniard is unlikely to remain at the club beyond 11pm on Thursday, with Cedric, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White all utilised at right-back this season ahead of the La Masia graduate.

He could yet make a shock switch back to Barcelona, but Arsenal’s stance for much of the transfer window has been to hold out for a fee for Bellerin. Now, however, that seems impossible, and a contract termination may be the only course of action should the Gunners wish to avoid paying his wages for another year.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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