Earlier this week we spoke about Arsenal’s task this summer being to sell fringe players, those who have been at the club for some time and are not quite good enough, and replace them with first teamers.
So who could be gone? And who would replace them?
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to be the first out of the door. He has already been replaced as back-up full back by Cedric Soares. Selling Maitland-Niles, who is not really a right back (he plays well at right wing back) for £20million and replacing him with Cedric who has played 300 games at right back internationally and domestically in the top flights in Portugal, Italy and England feels like good business.
Sokratis is off to Italy, Napoli leading the way for him. He has already been replaced in the squad by Pablo Mari who provides a second senior option alongside the two new young guns.
Rob Holding is a very popular member of the team, but he has yet to start 10 Premier League games in a single season. He turns 25 soon and its time we stopped speaking about his “potential”. Replacing him with 22-year-old Gabriel, who looks first team ready, is great business.
Finally at centre back, one of Shkodran Mustafi or Calum Chambers will leave this transfer window, to be replaced by William Saliba.
Moving forward into the midfield, Lucas Torreira is set to return to Italy. As Mikel Arteta moves to a midfield 3, replacing the Uruguayan with Thomas Partey, who is a world class performer, seems a no brainer.
Matteo Guendouzi is another who could well be out the door. His replacement is not quite clear. Although bringing in Houssem Aouar would certainly add creativity in the middle.
Finally we have Dani Ceballos. The hope is Arsenal will extend his loan deal. So Dani Ceballos comes in for him.
Upfront we might see Alexandre Lacazette leave, but not replaced. Expected Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace him up front with Willian being the option alongside Bukayo Saka on the wing.
On top of those mentioned, the likes of Saed Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil and one of the goal keepers could all leave if the price is right.
There really is no discussion to be had.
Those leaving have proved themselves over some time to not really be up to scratch, whilst those coming in are a mixture of world class performers, experienced Premier League performers and exciting youngsters.
It is going to be a good transfer window for Arsenal I feel.
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