Arsenal striker poised for exit, Charlton in-talks

Arsenal are set to allow young striker Stephy Mavididi leave North London today to join Charlton Athletic, according to The Daily Mail.

What’s the word?

England U17 international Stephy Mavididi is yet to make a first-team appearance at Arsenal but he remains highly-rated in North London and tipped for a bright future. However, the Gunners have decided a loan move would be best for his development.

Mavididi is now in-talks to join Charlton Athletic until the end of the season, with the League One side looking to land his services as they look to secure a place in the play-offs. Should they miss out, MK Dons, Southend United and Chesterfield are also expressing an interest.

Handed a first-team squad number at the start of the season, 57, Mavididi is tipped to break into the first-team soon and a decent loan spell in the lower divisions would certainly help him achieve his ambitions.

Who else could leave?

Arsenal are set to be active on Deadline Day but it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see any players moving to the Emirates Stadium. Instead, the Gunners will look to send more young players on-loan to aid their development.

Gedion Zelalem has joined Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo and Chuba Akpom has moved to Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, with Ismael Bennacher moving to French outfit Tours.

Speculation suggests that Krystian Bielek could also move today, potentially with Mavididi to Charlton, whilst there were even suggestions earlier this month that Per Mertesacker to leave to return to fitness- but that’s extremely unlikely.

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