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Arsenal are reportedly not ‘ruling out’ a January mortgage exit for outcast midfielder Fabio Vieira. The Gunners would possibly want to dump gamers within the winter window if they’re to finish strikes for big-money signings.

Vieira has struggled for consistency since his £34million transfer from Porto in the summertime of 2022. The likes of Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka had been most well-liked in midfield through the Portuguese star’s first season, whereas the arrival of Kai Havertz has stalled his progress this time period.

A constructive begin to the season has subsequently subsided, with Vieira despatched off for a poor deal with throughout Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Burnley final weekend. The 23-year-old might now briefly depart the Emirates Stadium in January.

French outfit Marseille have been linked with the attacking midfielder. Nevertheless, a transfer might reportedly hinge on a change within the boardroom.

In keeping with Fabrizio Romano, Marseille’s new sporting director, Mehdi Benatia, might have the ultimate resolution on whether or not to signal Vieira. However on the similar time, Arsenal have apparently not determined which gamers will depart within the winter window.

Vieira has began solely two Premier League video games this season, regardless of impressing off the bench in a 2-2 draw with Fulham and a 3-1 victory over Manchester United later that month. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted after the latter sport that “one thing had modified” with Vieira, in a touch that the participant might earn extra sport time.

“Each participant has an opportunity to do this,” he admitted. “Immediately we determined to begin with Kai, we knew that Fabio would have a huge impact particularly in the previous few minutes, or last minutes if we wanted one thing.

“One thing has modified with Fabio, you discover with the gang when he steps in he’s totally different to how he was final 12 months. He’s extra mature, he’s extra senior within the squad and his confidence within the squad is excessive so I’m actually glad to have these choices.”

As a substitute, the scenario mirrored the ultimate months of final season, with Vieira nonetheless struggling for normal minutes. Again in February, Arteta mentioned the Portugal worldwide was giving him a “choice headache” however began him on simply two extra events earlier than the top of the marketing campaign.

Vieira’s potential departure might make manner for a brand new signing on the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have been strongly linked with buying a brand new ahead within the January window, with Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen each focused.

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