So it has been a busy week in the transfer market for Arsenal.
Sadly, but predictably, it is players leaving rather than coming in.
Firstly we had the news yesterday about Francis Coquelin joining Valencia for £10-ish million.
Coquelin’s departure means that only Jack Wilshere remains from our 2008 FA Cup youth winning team.
He was on his way out in 2014 after being shipped to Charlton Athletic on loan. But as quick as he was out the door, he was back in.
Reports were he had emptied his locker and was walking out the door with a box of his gear his loan deal set to be made permanent when Arsene Wenger stopped him and told him he was required for first team duty. I am not sure if it was that dramatic, but from that point forward, he always gave 100%.
He was never the best player in the side, he was massively flawed, but he had the heart and desire and, over the last few years, has played a big role for the club.
Coquelin leaves Arsenal with 2 FA Cup winners medals in his cabinet. When you think Coutinho left for Spain with nothing, it shows how much others are under performing.
The Frenchman is certainly one who will be applauded if he ever returns to Islington.
Last night the news broke from the reliable David Ornstein on Twitter that Arsenal were prepared to let Alexis Sanchez leave if a replacement was found.
The situation has then not changed from the summer, when Arsenal were happy to let Sanchez leave as long as someone else came in.
A late deal for Thomas Lemar fell through, leaving Sanchez to stay at Arsenal.
In the summer, Arsenal decided to hang on to Sanchez when a suitable replacement was not sourced. This transfer window I think it will be a different story. A deadline day deal will be done even if someone does not come in.
The final bit of news is with regards to Theo Walcott.
It is a risk for Arsenal to let a man who scored 19 goals last season leave, but he has become surplus to requirements in the formation we are currently favouring.
It does leave us with a shortage of natural widemen, and that will need to be addressed if we ever to play 4 at the back again.