So after failing to sell him, Arsenal yesterday made a deal to loan Carl Jenkinson to Birmingham for the season. Details of the deal, including loan fee and wage contribution, have not been made clear.
With a year left on his reported £45,000 a week contract, it will leave Jenkinson able to join whoever he wishes next season on a free transfer, whether that be Leyton Orient or Harlow Town.
I bet Arsenal wish they had have done the deal with West Ham for circa £10m a few years ago now…
So it is another gone, as Jenkinson has joined Yaya Sanogo, Wojciech Szczęsny and Gabriel as senior players to leave.
4 down, and it feels like there is at least another 10 to go…
Mathieu Debuchy is somehow still at the club. Reports surfaced last week that Marseille were interested last week, and were trying to do a deal for a free transfer. Anything that gets his £70,000 a week off the wage bill is a positive.
Fellow full back Kieran Gibbs also needs to man up and get some ambition about him. He has had a less than stellar footballing career, and some still talk about him and his potential. He is 28 in September, and has become a millionaire by not playing much. With it being a world cup year, England lack any top full backs. A good 12 months at someone like Watford could see him make the plane.
Instead he seems intent on sitting around doing nothing.
Next on the list is Jack Wilshere. A fans favourite, but like Kieran Gibbs, his career as passed him by. Too injured, too often. Wilshere might get a life line as Arsenal are seemingly not targeting a central midfielder this summer. A decision no to pursue Jean Michael Seri seems silly, and it seems once again we will end relying on Wilshere’s fitness. With a year to go on his contract, it seems Wilshere will stay and see out his contract, even though we should just get rid.
Goalkeeper David Ospina, you might find it odd that he is on this list, but he is never going to be good enough to be a long term replacement for Petr Cech. Preferably, I would have liked us to have shipped him out this summer, and Arsenal targeted someone younger and better who could play Europa League and compete with Cech. Someone like Jordan Pickford. Instead Ospina is staying, and I fear a Manuel Almunia situation – where the Spaniard took over from Jens Lehmann despite being useless.
Theo Walcott is like a bad STD. Lip herpes. Or something. He just want go away. No matter how much he isn’t wanted. He keeps coming back .The lad has more lives than a cat and the only reason he is still here is because Arsene Wenger has done an incompetent job replacing him.
Walcott’s partner in crime, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also needs to be dumped. He thinks he is a celebrity, ever since getting with that blonde tart from Little Mix. From the Snapchats and the Instagram’s, to hanging around festival VIP areas and London celebrity nightclubs, he has lost his focus. He thinks he is a celebrity, and has started acting Hollywood on the pitch as well. He thinks he is a global superstar, he thinks he is Martin Garrix, when the reality is he is a children’s party DJ.
Next up on my list of shame is Calum Chambers. Now I do not actually want to get rid of Calum Chambers. He was decent for Boro last season and impressed for England in the youth tournament over the summer – keeping Rob Holding out of the team. You have to question why Arsene Wenger has not picked him this season, preferring to go with 2 left backs at centre back instead.
Rob Holding is still young and will be inconsistent. At the other end of the spectrum you have Per Mertesacker, with one year left on his contract and a mash-up face. In the middle you have Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi. Chambers would be an asset to keep, but we should also target a Premier League proven centre back to replace Gabriel. That will leave Chambers back on the chopping board.
Jeff Reine-Adélaïde – The next big thing? Probably not. Lets cash in before people realise he is no good. Lets not make the mistake of giving another 19-year-old a 4 year deal on £40k a week and be unable to shift in him 24 months. Get. Shot. Now.
It is a pity Joel Campbell is injured. Now he will be like a new signing in January…
And as for Lucas Perez, it did not work out for you lad. Stop crying. Leave now. Take your fan boys with you.
Chuba Akpom is another one. You’re never going to be good enough mate. Look at Benik Afobe’s career. He dropped down and came back up. Rather than sit earning a pretty penny at Arsenal, becoming a millionaire doing nothing, take a risk, drop down the leagues, and work your way back up.
Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are both not good enough. But we are not buying a central midfielder, so both will stay. Sadly.
As I have been going through, I have been deleting players off my spreadsheet (I love a spreadsheet). It now only has 17 players on it. 3 are Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Riess Neilson and Joseph Willockm who are all kids. That leaves 15.
Then you have Mertseacker, Cech and Santi Cazorla, all of whom should be in the last year at the club.
Sanchez and Ozil ,the contract rebels. Iwobi and Welbeck who are one year away from being dead wood, players we should give up on. And Mustafi and Xhaka. They looked shakey last season.
Giroud, Monreal and Ramsey have split the fans for years. That leaves a squad of 5.
Lacazette, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny and Kolašinac. Maybe Arsenal should get down goals.
All a little depressing, I know. Sorry guys.