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AFCON may force Arsenal into transfer market

The African Cup of Nations could force Arsenal into the transfer market in January.

The Gunners have four layers likely to be absent with their countries, and given that they have now been told players must be released aa early as Boxing Day, thoughts are already turning to what the squad may look like in their absence.

Central midfield is of particular concern, because with Thomas Partey away with Ghana, and the return of Granit Xhaka from injury by no means guaranteed, they could be left with an untried partnership of Albert “Sambi” Lakonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

One name who has been linked with the club once more is Portuguese international William Carvalho.

The former Sporting Lisbon man has been a target for the Gunners a number of times over the years, but now plays in Spain for Real Betis, managed by former Manchester City and West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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