According to Football.London, Arsenal could allow Eddie Nketiah to leave as part of a deal to bring in a new playmaker.

It’s claimed that Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Nketiah are all seen as potential makeweights this month given how desperate they are for first-team action.

However, any outgoing deal involving the trio would likely be a loan, as Arsenal don’t want to lose any of them in permanent departures.

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Norwich City ace Emiliano Buendia is thought to be a chief target as Arteta seeks another creative option who can play out wide or as a number 10.

Sending one or even more of their homegrown talents to Norwich for the rest of the season could suit all parties if it means Arsenal can bring in Buendia.

The Argentinian was a creative force last season, with only Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne recording more key passes.

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That’s what Arsenal are seeking even with Emile Smith Rowe impressing at the moment, and Nketiah looks to be an option to head out mere months after Arteta called him ‘extraordinary’ for his age.

The 21-year-old has only started three league games this season, though has impressed in the Europa League with three goals in six games.

Norwich could give him more playing time, though they do also have Teemu Pukki, and Arsenal need to make sure Nketiah gets playing time if he heads on loan, after a frustrating stint at Leeds United last season.

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