Arteta on Kolasinac and the transfer window

With less than two weeks left of the January transfer window, there is still a lot of speculation about transfers in and out of the club.

Sead Kolasinac moved to Marseille on Tuesday after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, while some loan players have returned to N5.

So what’s the latest?

on Kolasinac and Mari and why they are leaving the club…

Well for different reasons, with Kolasinac as well the gametime that he’s had has made it really difficult for him to be in the team. His contract was ending at the end of the summer. so we believed that it was the right option to not execute that possibility. He wanted to go, he has a good option, and it was a good option for the club as well. With Pablo it was much trickier, with the injuries and the history he’s had with the club since he joined. He’s a phenomenal professional, and he hasn’t had the minutes this season - it was going to be difficult for him to get the minutes - and a good opportunity came, and we have to be open to that.

on Azeez and John-Jules' return from loan…

Well Miguel Azeez had Covid so he has not been involved at all. Tyreece John-Jules, we brought him back for different reasons. The loan spells and the things that we wanted to achieve with him weren’t happening, so we decided to call them back, sit down, think and now talk and discuss what the best plan is, going forwards. Within the context we are in now as well, they can help with some numbers, which is good.

on whether they might go out on loan again…

It’s a possibility we are going to explore now when we have some normality after the Burnley game - where we have a break, and the transfer window starts to shut - what the best options are for these individuals.

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