With Arsenal’s new management structure in place, and a second season of not finishing in the Top Four, I think we can safely assume that there will be big changes at the Emirates ahead of the next campaign.
Whether these changes include a new manager or not, that is NOT the subject under discussion so don’t waste everyone’s time with the Wenger Out rants please. Let’s talk about which players will (or should) be leaving…..
We of course know that Per Mertesacker will be in the coaching setup and with Gabriel sold and with Koscielny getting older and more error-prone, it will be interesting to see if the Gunners persist with bringing Holding and Chambers through to partner Mustafi in defence or will we bring in some more accomplished centre-backs? Or will one of our young Englishman be sold to bring in a replacement?
I think we all know that Jack Wilshere will be moving on for a massive signing on fee elsewhere, and if his mate Aaron Ramsey doesn’t re-sign either we are likely to see him sold as well, which is a much more likely scenario than selling Bellerin. Sadly Reiss Nelso is also going to enter the last year of his contract in June, but will Arsenal offer him another contract or will he be looking for first team football elsewhere?
Petr Cech and David Ospina are our first choice keepers and Wenger keeps calling them both World Class, but is it about time we brought in a younger keeper? Ospina has always maintained he wants first team football but will Arsenal bring in a new shotstopper and let one of those two move away?
Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson and Chuba Akpom are all out and loan and surely Arsenal will be looking at taking them off our books this summer too. Campbell and Akpom are out of contract this summer anyway and are unlikely to be invited back anyway, but what about the other two?
All these normal departures are likely to put a strain on our squad, especially after selling Walcott, Giroud and Gabriel already in January, but who else should be first in line to go out the door?