Another Premier League season has passed and without the hectic Champions League schedule in their way Chelsea dominated their way to winning it which was no real surprise. The surprises fall further down the league and one in particular stands out, Arsenal finishing outside of the Champions League places. The Gunners missed out on a spot in Europe’s premier competition for the first time in 21 years and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for them, the club has lost its stability with the tight lipped Frenchman Arsene Wenger refusing to give anything away about his future and a boardroom battle for control between Silent Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov showing no signs of ending the club may struggle to step back up. There will be no champions league betting for Arsenal fans for at least another year.
With the a draining Europa League campaign coming up for the Gunners next season they are going to need more depth to their squad as when you consider there are 38 league games, up to 15 games in the Europa League (should they reach the final) up to 6 games in the FA Cup and the same in the League Cup, Arsenal could end up playing in 65 games over the course of the season. When you also consider the likelihood of some of their star names departing the Emirates this season, a rebuilding job is the only way to go.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, the summer is likely to be a bad one with several star names likely to leave:
Alexis has been Arsenal’s star performer all year, notching 29 goals in 50 appearances and being the driving force behind a massively underperforming squad. With Bayern Munich and PSG both posturing for his signature along with his hesitance to sign a new contract, the Chilean will likely leave in the summer breaking the heart of millions of Gunners worldwide.
Originally heralded as Arsenals new Bergkamp, Mesut has divided opinion amongst the Gunners with inconsistent displays and lack of passion. Undoubtedly talented but his unwillingness to work hard for the team mixed with interest from elsewhere means it’s likely he will go.
The Frenchman hasn’t even been on the periphery and his contract runs out in the summer.
Once thought to be our next first choice right back, Carl struggled playing for Arsenal and will be gone in the summer.
Once looked great, lost confidence after emergence of Bellerin, now odds-on to leave.
Has been semi-reliable when called upon but wants first team football, likely to leave
With the emergence of Rob Holding and likely signing of Sead Kolasinac, Calum will have dropped further down the pecking order and will either leave on load again or be sold.
Unfortunately for Chuba it’s not quite worked out for him, he’s not Arsenal quality and will be sold.
Arsenal will likely welcome Jack Wilshere (once fit) back into the first team fold and could potentially offer a lifeline to Joel Campbell, who’s been loaned out for most of his career but could be a useful asset to use in the numerous cup and Europa League games. Here are some other signings Arsenal will or should make:
Potentially the worst kept secret of the summer is left sided defender Sead Kolasinac joining the Gunners. Equally adept playing left back or centre back he will be a good addition to the squad with his strength and athleticism playing on the left of their new back three.
With Arsenal’s new 3-4-1-2 style formation Ricardo Rodriguez would be the perfect player to patrol the gunners’ left flank. They would have to act quickly though with AC Milan and Liverpool reportedly showing a keen interest in the half Swiss half Chilean wing back.
Arsenal players are seriously lacking in build and aggression in the middle of the pitch combined and that’s exactly what Carvalho’s game is all about. A defensive heavyweight with a graceful touch and an eye for a pass.
Angel would pose as a slight risk for the gunners as he’s not exactly set the world alight whilst trying for game time at Atletico Madrid but health concerns are a main contributor to that. Angel has the ability to be the next Aguero coming from slightly deeper and as he’s slipped under the radar it could be the perfect time for them to pounce.
Lemar was an integral part of the AS Monaco team that performed so well last year in the Champions League and edged out PSG in the race for the Ligue 1 title getting 10 assists and 11 goals. His pace and industry would be the perfect remedy to Ozil leaving and would better fill that void for Arsenal.
This would create two strong starting line-ups for the Gunners capable of rotating through the multiple games and you then also have Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Mo Elneny, Wilshere and Szczesny able to be brought into the fold.
That means 8 out and 5 in. Would that be enough for us to return back to the Champions League?