Nuno Tavares has undergone a medical ahead of his proposed move to Marseille.
The Portuguese wing-back joined Arsenal from Benfica last summer, and had a mixed first season in English football.
Offering a threat going forward, he was less certain at the back, and was guilty of several high profile mistakes.
Now with the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko, it is recognised that he may be struggling for first-team minutes in the season ahead and the best thing is for him to go on loan for him to continue his development,
However, the deal does not include any option to buy. Arsenal still believe that they have a talent on their hands, and that he just needs some of the rough edges taken off his game.
Arsenal and Marseille have had a good relationship in recent years, with the Gunners lending them both Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba. Guendouzi is now with the French side full-time, but Saliba is back at the Emirates.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.