All Arsenal fans are waiting impatiently for Arsene Wenger to begin the clearout of our peripheral players that are very unlikely to feature in the Gunners starting line up in the upcoming campaign, but this weekend’s friendly match against local side Boreham Wood could give any watching scouts a chance to assess the form and fitness of any possible targets.
The match tomorrow evening in Hertfordshire has already been advertised as including a selection of possible departures including Chuba Akpom, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson, all of whom are expected to depart the Emirates very soon, either as sales or on loan.
Gibbs has already seen a move to West Bromwich Albion break down over the transfer fee demanded by Arsenal, and Carl Jenkinson who also turned down a move to Crystal Palace in January due to contractual differences. Matthieu Debuchy has wanted out of Arsenal for some time, but luck and injuries (and his massive wages) have got in the way of any departure, while Chuba Akpom has seen his chances of making it in Arsenal’s forward line diminish in every transfer window, and has failed to impress while on loan at lower level League clubs.
I am sure Wenger would love to get all these players off the wage bill so he will be hoping for impressive performances from all of them, and hopefully, just hopefully, we can find buyers for all of them!