Could 17 senior players really leave Arsenal this summer?

Bernd Leno has been linked away from the club this summer.

The German keeper has only been at Arsenal for 3 years, but has reportedly indicated he will not like to extend his stay in London beyond his current contract.

The result is Arsenal might look to cash in this summer before his value plummets next.

Arsenal’s only other senior keeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson could also see his stay at Arsenal be extremely short.

The Icelandic keeper was a surprise signing last summer and looked extremely amateurish in his handful of Europa League games. Arsenal will surely look to move in on – either permanently or loan – as they potentially pursue two new keepers.

Hector Bellerin has been a great servant to the club since joining the academy a decade ago. But it feels like a natural time for Arsenal and the Cockney-Spaniard to part ways.

A move could reignite his stagnating career and provide key funds for Arsenal to buy someone better.

Also potentially out the door is Calum Chambers

Chambers came into the first team for a bit as Arteta rotated him in against teams who dominated for corners. He performed well.

But with Arsenal on the look out for a new first choice right back and right sided centre half, time might have finally come for Chambers to seek permeant first team football elsewhere.

Moving into centre back,  David Luiz has already left the club. And reports are that William Saliba might find himself playing for someone other than Arsenal next year.

Signed with great fanfare 2 summers ago, Saliba spent his first year with the club on loan at St Etienne. Last year he joined Nice for the 2nd half of the season.

There is clearly something there that those at Arsenal and France do not like = he does not even get called up to his countries U21 team.

The only question seems to be whether Saliba will leave Arsenal on loan or permanently?

With a new centre back on the horizon, Konstantinos Mavropanos will also likely leave the club.

The Greek defender looked good in a handful of performances a couple of years ago but has since spent a lot of time out injured.

Last year he joined VfB Stuttgart on loan, and a decent offer around £10million will probably be enough for Arsenal to part ways with him.

Sead Kolasinac is still an Arsenal player.

The Bosnian left back joined Schalke on loan in January, but the deal was not made permanent following their relegation.

Arsenal are in the market for a back-up to Kieran Tierney. Kolasinac will have plenty of admirers in the Bundesliga.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles began the season in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He ended it missing out on selection and getting relegated with WBA.

His performances for WBA showed he was Premier League class, but probably not the level Arsenal need. Will generate good funds.

Fellow Englishman Joe Willock performed well for Newcastle with 8 goals in a short loan spell. Arsenal might be tempted to keep him, but a bid in excess of £25million would probably be enough for the club to cash in.

On loan last season, Lucas Torreira has been linked with a move to Lazio.

He has never really settled in England and also struggled to make an impact with Atletico Madrid last season. Arsenal will be lucky to recoup half of the £23million they spent on the Uruguayan 3 seasons ago.

Matteo Guendouzi is another who went out on loan and will unlikely return to the first team.

Issues at L’Orient, Arsenal and Hertha Berlin highlight the problem is not just “Mikel Arteta’s”.

Guendouzi risks wasting his talent as trouble continues to follow him around.

Like Bellerin, long term servant Granit Xhaka could also find his Arsenal journey come to an end with reports that Jose Mourinho fancies him at Roma.

Arteta is clearly looking to rebuild the central midfield, and targeting the likes of Yves Bissouma and Sambi Lokonga, it is clear power and pace is what he wants. Xhaka just does not fit the bill.

Willian signed a 3-year-deal with Arsenal last summer but has reportedly told the club he wants to leave – with the MLS being a likely destination. No one will be sad to see him go.

Reiss Nelson is someone who has struggled to make the transition from talented youth product to senior star.

When you compare his trajectory to Bukayo Saka, one he kicked on and the other has not.

You feel Nelson has reached his peak, and that is not good enough for Arsenal.

Fellow English youth team player Eddie Nketiah might also find his time at Arsenal is over – with him moving aside to allow the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Florian Balogun to come through.

Nketiah is now 22 and like with so many of the English contingent, would raise a decent amount of money.

Finally, with a year left on his contract, Alexandre Lacazette might leave Arsenal this summer.

Various managers have tried and failed to shoehorn Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the same time. Selling Lacazette this summer and reinvesting his funds in some creativity feels an intelligent move.

Arsenal would then have Aubameyang down the middle, backed up by Martinelli and Balogun.

17 players would be huge in terms of squad turnover. But we know last season Arsenal had an inflated squad.

Shifting all 17 would leave Arsenal with just 13 senior players.

It would probably lead to Arsenal needing to make 9 new senior signings, and then promote a couple of youth players to the first team.

Watch this space…

Keenos

4 thoughts on “Could 17 senior players really leave Arsenal this summer?

  1. Tommy C

    My god!! That’s a scary read as it’s not unrealistic!! There’s only a few names in there I’m torn about – William, Hector, Granit, AMN and Saliba.. maybe Callum.. but would wish them all well elsewhere.. so that’s our squad- way too many also rans…
    Say 12 of those 17 go. We’re left with 18. If we can buy 5 quality – plus bring in Azeri, Pantolin, Balogun and one or two more youth, we’d be leaner and meaner. And what a saving in the wage bill!! Good article ⚽️👍

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  2. OhRockyRocky

    When you look where a player like Jack Grealish was at a comparable age to Nelson seems strange to write off 21 yr old players as reaching their peak. I’d bet in 4 years he’s a better player than today

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    1. Jimmy B

      Maybe he will be but who’s got four years to spare. Also, he’d have to improve a real lot to make one regret getting rid.

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  3. Jimmy B

    Nice piece. Would not be sorry to see a single one of those going. In fact, I’d be highly delighted to see the lot go.

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