There might still be more of the current Arsenal squad to be heading for the Emirates exit door during the summer transfer window, with the England trio Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain three of the Gunners that could be on their way.
As reported by Sky Sports though, the only three players from last season’s squad who will definitely not be playing for Arsenal next year are the midfielders Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, as they have been released after their contracts ran out.
So what I am wondering is whether the manager needs to spend money in the transfer market to replace these three Gunners? I suppose he already has done with the big money move for Granit Xhaka who will play in the roles occupied by Arteta and Flamini. Arsenal do also have Coquelin and Elneny as central midfield options and we also have the likes of Bielik and Zelalem looking to break into the first team, so is that enough or do you think Wenger needs to add some more top quality in that area?
Rosicky is another matter and I think we did miss him last season when he spent the whole year on the sidelines with injury. The Czech international star has been one of our most creative players for years and that part of the game is one of our biggest strengths.
However, the breakthrough of Alex Iwobi last season will perhaps have convinced the boss that he already has enough options with the likes of Cazorla, Wilshere, Ramsey, Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and all. I would hate to see Iwobi frozen out again if Wenger signs a big name player, but is the Nigeria international going to be good enough to cover for Rosicky on a consistent basis?