Six Arsenal stars who have reached the end of the road and need to be sold by Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should be hoping to find buyers for a number of his first-team players in January. Arsenal are on a run of one win in six Premier League matches and need to raise funds to give Arteta the best chance of replenishing his squad.

Express Sport have picked six players we think should be coming towards the end of their time at the Emirates.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis was an easy choice on this list, having not been named in either the Premier League or Europa League squads this season.

Mesut Ozil suffered the same fate, but finding a buyer for the German in January looks to be an impossible task.

Sokratis attracted interest from Italy in the summer and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Sead Kolasinac

Kolasinac was also linked with a summer move away from Arsenal but Bayer Leverkusen failed to get a deal over the line.

The left-back was a free signing for Arsene Wenger in 2017 so anything Arsenal get for him would be a bonus.

A return to Germany would look most likely for Kolasinac, who is arguably now fourth-choice left-back or left wing-back behind Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka.

He has a contract at Arsenal until 2022 and, at the age of 27, Arsenal should be able to get a few million for him.

Even if Arsenal get a nominal fee for the 32-year-old, getting his wages off the bill would be a positive move as he is clearly not in Arteta’s plans.

Alexandre Lacazette

In truth, Lacazette has never really lived up to the billing since his initial £46.5million move from Lyon three years ago.

The Frenchman has failed to hit 20 goals in a season in an Arsenal shirt and his record only seems to be heading in one direction.

Lacazette has been particularly poor this term, leading to strong criticism from fans on social media. Arsenal could still ask for £15m-plus for the 29-year-old, which would also remove his hefty wages.

Granit Xhaka

Xhaka had a spell towards the end of last season where it appeared he had earned redemption from Arsenal supporters following the infamous reaction he gave to the crowd during a match with Crystal Palace in 2019.

But, like Lacazette, Arsenal fans want more from the Switzerland international and it doesn’t seem like those demands are going to be fulfilled.

Xhaka is often caught out defensively, doesn’t provide much creativity, and has still not won over all supporters.

The 28-year-old still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so could attract a relatively big fee if interest ramps up.

Shkodran Mustafi

Mustafi is out of contract at the end of the season, so Arsenal should be doing what they can to get some sort of fee in January.

The German will never be a first choice under Arteta again, with Rob Holding and David Luiz both preferred by the Spanish manager.

Arsenal fans take a deep breath whenever Mustafi gets the ball – which is quite often in Arteta’s style of play.

Barcelona have been linked with a shock move for the German, which says a lot about where the Nou Camp club are at right now.

Hector Bellerin

Possibly the most controversial name on this list but Bellerin has failed to maintain the heights he achieved when he first burst onto the scene at the Emirates.

Bellerin has a contract until 2023 so, at the age of 25, is arguably one of the club’s most saleable assets.

However, both defensively and going forward, it is just not working out for the Spaniard.

The cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in early 2019 has taken its toll and Arsenal could choose to cash in and improve on the right side of defence.