Here Are The Four Players Who Asked To Leave Arsenal This Summer

Who knows how many it will be in January

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It's no secret that Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain desperately sought transfers away from Arsenal this summer (to varying success), but it turns out they're not the only ones.

While Chamberlain got his wish, rejecting a huge wage increase to sign for Liverpool, a number of other players surprised Wenger by demanding an exit.

According to BBC reporter David Ornstein, one of the most well-connected journalists currently covering Arsenal, Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi were pushing for early departures too.

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Bellerin reportedly returned from the U21 European Championships with a desire to move to Barcelona, but the Catalan club were suffering an even worse summer than Arsenal, and a deal couldn't be struck.

Mustafi was the real shock. After only a year at the club, the German defender asked to leave and Wenger accepted his request, due to his patchy form over the last year. Arsenal's failure to sign another centre-back meant that Mustafi had to stay put.

Go back a few months further, and even Wenger was nearly out the door. The manager told Telefoot: "Yes, I hesitated to extend my contract for personal reasons.

"I've been at Arsenal for 20 years, and you ask yourself all the time if you should continue leading the club, and also because we suffered quite a bit during the season."