Arsenal’s expected clearout is now well under way – Who’s next?

The 2023 summer transfer window closes this week.

Fortunately, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already admitted that we can expect more changes in the last few days of the summer window.

“There are some movements happening. The last week is going to be busy. Nothing that we can announce at the moment,” said Arteta via

“Everybody needs to have clarity in their roles, where they are playing, and for their families as well. We need to have clarity of the numbers as well and who can do what. While the window is open, which is still a bit strange to be competing in competitions while the window is open, we have to deal with that.

“It’s happened for a long time, and we’re used to it.”

Indeed, there’s been movement in the transfer market for Arsenal these past few days. Balogun just joined Monaco; Kieran Tierney has departed on loan, and he has been unveiled as a Real Sociedad player. Rob Holding has been linked with a departure. Nicolas Pepe is also expected to leave the Emirates after failing to live up to his £72 million asking price.

There’s also talk that Gabriel is on his way out, and, oddly, Chelsea is also reportedly interested in Emile Smith-Rowe. It will be interesting to watch what happens.

Can we also anticipate transfer arrivals. Which defender do you think will be brought in to replace Jurrien Timber? Which other player should join in addition to a defender?

Daniel O

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  1. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, if Havertz could have the same impact at Arsenal Xhaka is now having at Leverkusen, the window would have been a massive success.

    The former Arsenal man has been nothing but sensational for his new club, dictating and organizing his team mates positioning on the pitch, the club has now two win from two games played.

  2. There’s no point in bringing in a Timber replacement unless he’s a player vying for a starting place at AFC. He needs to be top-quality, and I suspect very versatile, not sure we can find one of those unless we get the fat wallet back out. And then what happens when Timber returns? Another thing I hope is that it’s not a Gabriel replacement being the reason why we’re linked to CBs more recently

  3. Arsenal would be mad to sell Smith Rowe. Just two years ago he was competing with odeguard for a place He is a brilliant young player with quick feet and mind. Perfect for Arsenal. £40 million for his potential is peanuts in todays market. If given a run of games he could easily be worth north of £80 million within a year or two. His quick mind and passing is very much like Silva. He is the future of the club now that he has had the operation he should stay injury free.// Arsenal need a rightback thats versitle, so that Partey can play in midfield. A surprise attacker like mbappe would not be sniffed at.

    1. It’s only AFC that is selling players for under 20 millions. I fully agree with you. We can not sell our players now, especially ESR 10

    2. ESR is a fantastic young player, but the reality is that he simply does not fit into the way that MA wants the team to play.
      ESR needs to force a move elsewhere unless he wants to see his career in the Arsenal Reserves which would be a terrible waste.
      MA is going to pick Havertz every time no matter how badly he plays – he is a dead cert to start every game simply because MA and Edu were stupid enough to sign him for £65 million and then pay him £330k a week.
      If Arsenal under perform this season, Kai Havertz alone would be reason enough to remove MA – it is that bad a signing.

  4. I’m surprised that middle-table and the newly promoted teams are not queuing up for the services of Rob Holding. I think he can be a decent acquisition. At 27, he is still has good years before him. And he is home grown.
    He may not fit the Arsenal system because of the emphasis on ball-playing defending. But for a team where the primary concern is survival, I think he can do a decent job.

    1. Holding seems to be happy with his role/place at Arsenal.i remember him not so long ago,saying that he was messaging Laca and were talking about the grass not always being greener on the other side.Rob realises that he is at a big club.

      1. I think so you said it.
        Holding is happy to sit in the background, turn up for training, play the odd game and pick up his salary.
        That is great for him, but it is not at all good for Arsenal who should be creating competition for places and not paying the salaries of journeymen,

        1. Interesting.
          A couple of seasons ago some people were outraged that we bought BW for £50m when we had Rob Holding. Now some people are calling the same RH a journeyman and suggesting that he should go and play at a lower level.

          1. I have never called Holding a journeyman, actually I have always praised him for being very professional . however,at this stage of his career he surely should want to play way more, don’t you agree?

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