This looks like it going to be a rollercoaster week ahead for Arsenal fans. After Arsene Wenger admitted that he needs to clear out many more players before he can bring in replacements, it seems that the exodus of out-of-favour Gunners is now being dealt with in earnest.
We had the unusual sight of Harry Redknapp doing Arsenal a favour as he took the outcast Carl Jenkinson off our hands, but Wenger also through in the up-and-coming youngster Cohen Bramall into the mix as an extra sweetener. Jenkinson is considered an also ran at Arsenal, but Redknapp said: “He’s played at Arsenal and been out on loan at West Ham as well.
“We’re delighted to have him, he brings experience, he’s got pace, he’s a really attacking right-back. I think he’s a really good signing for us.
“I’m surprised I managed to get him in the Championship because there were a few Premier League teams in for him as well. I’m really pleased to have him.”
Maybe if he gets his confidence back and stops being so cocky maybe he could be a success, but for me I think that Birmingham got a better deal on Cohen, and Redknapp is happy too. He said: “He’s lightning quick, he has fantastic pace and a great left foot. All the reports from Arsenal have been excellent.
“He played pre-season against Chelsea and he played against Bayern Munich so he’s had some experience around the Arsenal first team as well.”
I certainly hope that Cohen has a great year and comes back to Arsenal next season with hopes of making our first team. But Jenkinson has no chance. I am sure he is only on loan because no-one will pay him the wages he is getting from us, and Wenger can’t wait for his contract to run down…
Otherwise, we also have Chuba Akpom looking to be joining Celtic or Leeds. We can only hope that he does well in the lower Leagues, as he doesn’t seem to have a hope of making our first team….
Hopefully Besiktas will take Debuchy off our hands very soon, and perhaps Gibbs could be joining him in Turkey with Galatasaray, although I wouldn’t mind him staying for our Europa League team, a stance I also think could be good for Calum Chambers….
Lucas Perez is also certain to leave imminently, and although he wants to return to La Coruña, there are also rumours that Everton, Newcastle, Valencia, Levante, Bayer Leverkusen and Galatasaray are all interested.
Come on Wenger, get all these players out the door quickly and then we can concentrate on the arrivals!