As compared to last season, Arsenal have been somewhat decimated in midfield. We saw Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini left the Emirates – I think no one else will depart Arsenal from the crop of first team players of last season.
Meanwhile, there appears to be a little clarity about our goalkeeping situation for next season. David Ospina was rumoured to want out, which is completely understandable as international keepers of his age rarely want to spend most of a season on the bench, playing cup competitions or early rounds of Champions League to add some interest to an increasingly dull tournament. However, he seems to have indicated a desire to stay, saying:
“I have a contract with Arsenal, I’m happy with the team for now. We are fighting for the top of the league.
The Colombian international fell out-of-favour from the starting XI when the north London side brought in Petr Cech from Chelsea last summer but still made a number of appearances and whilst the 33-year-old was out with an injury, proved himself to be a more than adequate replacement.