We are into the last two months of the current season, which means some of our favourite stars are into the later stages of their Arsenal careers.
Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are all coming to the ends of their contracts, with no extensions expected to be offered. Kieran Gibbs is also likely to leave in search of regular first-team action, and one of Wojciech Szczesny or David Ospina is likely to force a move away from the club.
Where each of them will go is yet to be confirmed, but we expect both Rosicky and Arteta to retire from playing, with the latter tipped to go into coaching in the near future.
Flamini is said to be considering jetting off to America to continue playing in the MLS, with talks expected to be pencilled in the near future. The Frenchman has won three FA Cup winners medals in his two stints in North-London, but has been limited to only 16 league outings this term, and will struggle for game-time with Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin vying for central roles.
Kieran Gibbs is likely to stay in England, with Newcastle having been linked with a move for his signature in the January transfer window. Another option for the 26 year-old could be a switch to Italy, but I expect him to favour a stay in the Premier League.
Our goalkeepers know that with Petr Cech settled in North-London, they will need to be elsewhere in order to guarantee first-team football, or pray for a long-term injury for the former Chelsea star. Ospina was rather unlucky to have lost his place as number one after a thoroughly impressive end to last season, and will be frustrated at having been limited to only three league outings this term.
Szczesny is also likely to be eager to secure a move away, although his love for Arsenal could mean he would be willing to spend another year out on loan, in hope of securing a first-team role at the Emirates in the future. The shotstopper is still only 25, which is young for a goalkeeper, has been enjoying playing regularly for Roma, and will be keen to continue playing regularly.
I find it hard to believe that either goalkeeper will agree to stay at the club for the new campaign, and sit on the bench like the Colombian has done all year, without some guarantees over their playing time.
Neither are worthy of challenging Cech for a place in goal, but who would you rather us have as back-up? Do you think Wenger could let both leave and bring in a replacement?
Wenger won’t let Ospina leave while he is still under contract, but the interesting thing will be to see if Wenger actually buys replacements for Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini or just promotes youth players, which is far more likely.
theo to china for 87.9 million
gibbs to butlins
wilshere to feltham youth offenders ( uv been a naughty boy jack)
flamini to glaxo smithkline
In all honesty I dont think we need to do to much replacing we have a large selection of players who can play in the middle at most I would like a young CM…
I say sell both keepers..Szce not up to scratch and Ospina wants first team we should invest in a young talented keeper such as Perin, Scuffet or Donnarumma who we can bread into the first team role over the years and give them regular rotation with Cech.
If we can also would like to see us go for Gaya if Gibbs leaves- that would be a real fight for LB between Gaya and Monreal.
If Gibbs goes, I reckon Chilwell will be signed for free.
Home-grown and all
Like we long suffering Arsenal fans don’t have enough to worry about with the heartache of watching a sure fire title challenge go wasted, now we are been asked to worry about where players who should leave the club will end up lolllll….on the crazy money they are going to be earning why should i give a hoot where they end up? So long they live they cam end up on the moon for all i care
Arteta – Will likely move to a coaching role
Rocisky – Will probably move back into this business venture
Dubuchy – will likely be sold
Szec – Will likely be out on loan again
Gibbs – Will be up to him to decide
Ox – should go out on Loan
Walcott – Is on borrowed time
All incoming Transfers will be a balance of immediate requirement of established players who wont come cheap, and promotion of talent like Toral.
Arsenal look at the situation like this; Iwobi offers output (such as we have seen) at a cost of £20k a week. For this reason we will only see 1, maybe 2 £25m + purchases…becuase our model is based on evaluating talent vs cost…rightly or wrongly
Well gibbs debuchy rosicky arteta and flamini are sure to leave.
Mertesacker and giroud also seem to be heading there as well.
I heard wenger saying that 7 players from the academy hold the key to arsenal s future.
So does that mean no business in the transfer windows then