Before the transfer window has even opened, the Gunners have said goodbye to 14 players already. Youngsters Conor Henderson, James Shea, Jernade Meade, Sanchez Watt, Reice Charles-Cook, Sead Hajrovic, Philip Roberts, Nigel Neita, Samir Bihmoutine, Josh Rees being released. Promising starlet Kyle Ebecilio will join FC Twente while Martina Angha will move to FC Nurnberg. The futures of Zach Fagan, Elton Monteiro and Daniel Boateng are still unresolved.
Craig Eastmond was on the fringe of the first team but he never really broke through and will join Colchester United this summer. I expect Nico Yennaris to follow Eastmond out of the club with Coquelin and Frimpong above him in the pecking order. Frimpong could also be set for an Emirates exit.
There are a lot of departures before even looking at the first team. Andrey Arshavin’s contract runs out this summer and he is set for a luxurious contract in Azerbaijan worth almost £400,000-a-week. Sebastian Squillaci is also another player certain to leave. He has featured only twice this season and will be finally set free. Bacary Sagna is undecided about his future with PSG and Monaco interested in him. I feel he will leave and we will then be in the market for a new right back. Despite the speculation over Thomas Vermaelen, I feel he will still be at the Emirates come September.
I think this is the time where we have to say goodbye to Abou Diaby. The player has genuine quality but rarely shows it as he is constantly on the injury table. When he does play he shows glimpses of talent but ruins it all with foolish decisions and doing that extra bit too much. I like Diaby but he needs to go to free up another space in midfield. Gervinho is another could or couldn’t. He is frustrating to watch and Lyon and Galatasaray have shown interest in him but I just feel Wenger will not sell him, which is a shame.
90% of those out on loan will probably be sold. They include Andre Santos, Johan Djourou, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Ju-Young Park, Niklas Bendtner with only Ryo Miyaichi and Joel Campbell staying. As I said earlier, Frimpong’s future is unclear. If all these players do go then that would mean 28 players leaving the club and there is no way that Wenger will sign even a third of that total.
It is crucial that these players leave is Arsenal are too challenge again. 28 wage bills would generate a lot more money for the club while the majority of these players would earn the club extra money through transfer fees. It would also see players who can offer the club something getting extra game time. The players mentioned played a combined total of 104 matches so those departures would see a lot of extra positions for more deserving players or promising youngsters to come through.