Arsenal finally confirmed the loan of Calum Chambers to Fulham this morning, but very few Arsenal fans would have considered him to be a deadwood squad member that needed to go, but what about the players that we know for sure will not be playing this season?
Chuba Akpom has finally gone, and Jack Wilshere left by choice (apparently) but with just 33 hours left in the window, we are still awaiting news of Aaron Ramsey’s (non-existent?) contract talks. Surely he is not going to be allowed to run down his contract? But, yet again he is not to be considered “deadwood”.
I am talking about players like David Ospina, who surely won’t be happy to remain as third-choice keeper, but is finding it very difficult to find a club willing to match his wages from Arsenal.
And as for Carl Jenkinson, who we have been trying to sell for years, it looks like he will be going out on another failed loan as nobody in their right mind would match what we pay him either. The same probably applies to Joel campbell, and as this is his final year of his contract he will be looking to impress his new club to earn a permanent deal from his loan club.
Danny Welbeck is also in his final year, so really should be sold as we may actually get some cash for him, but could Arsenal be willing to let him run his contract down as well? Could he be considered deadwood if he doesn’t re-sign?
So much to do….So little time!