Former Gunner tips four Arsenal exits to cover Gabriel fee

Charlie Nicholas has tipped Arsenal to cash-in on the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding and spend their combined fee to bring Gabriel Magalhaes in.

The Brazilian defender has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, with varying reports claiming that a deal has already been agreed, and Nicholas for one believes the deal must happen, naming those who should make way for his signature.

“Gabriel must come in,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “Would he be a good signing? If we can get Gabriel then we have got a bit of pace and a bit of power there.

“Luiz was signed on a one-year contract, as a squad player and maybe play a back three occasionally. But Mustafi will be sold. He’s injured just now. But he will be sold. He has to go.

“Sokratis, I think will say ‘at my stage, I have to go’. Rob Holding, nothing against him, I don’t think Arsenal’s helped him, it was the wrong move at the wrong time for the lad and I think if the right offer comes in then he will go.

“Obviously, Calum Chambers, who has been in and out of the club an unbelievable amount of time and will have to go for his own sake rather than his long-term future at Arsenal because it doesn’t exist. So, there will be four out, you get the money in and you replace it.”

I’d actually be quite disappointed to see Chambers leave the club actually, as I see him as very good player when fit, with the latter being the main issue obviously. His versatility of playing anywhere across the back, as well as as a defensive midfielder shouldn’t be discounted either, but more highlight the footballing intelligence that he possesses.

Mustafi is of course the biggest other casualty according to Nicholas, with the German being our mainstay at CB since the return to action in June, but I can’t say I would be disappointed by his departure, although I would be a little surprised.

Will Arsenal really look to make wholesale changes this summer? Which of the four would you be most disappointed to see leave the club?


Tags Calum Chambers charlie nicholas Gabriel Magalhaes Rob Holding Shkodran Mustafi Sokratis


  1. Good choice but the trick is to find a buyer. It is hard to imagine any of those players finding a team in England,France or Italy. While you are at it add Torrera, Soares, Kolašinac,Elnany all as a bonus.

      1. Off topic Sue but did you just see the goal Gnabry scored? We really effed up when we sold him for peanuts, likely worth £100 million now 🤔

          1. I did indeed, Declan 😫 gutted every time I watch Bayern, thinking of what might have been!!
            And now Jeff’s coming on for Lyon!! Argh!!

        1. Gnabry case was an unfortunate one which wasn’t meant to be, he was given enough time to develop, but at the time he was supposed to cement his place and displace Theo, he was already asking out, that was after u20 w/c, so who do you want to blame? No one

      1. Soares just joined. We did not even have a chance to see him enough.
        Unless, an academy player is ready, we need both in the squad. In the right, Osei-Tutu was moved up to be a winger during his loan and am not sure of others. In the left, I do not know how ready are our academy players.

  2. I dont really rate chambers, I’ll keep Holding as squad player, for me, it’s either Holding or chambers, I’ll keep holding , likewise, I’ll keep mustaffi and sell off papa.
    Those I want out which are realistic business are
    Chambers, Papa, Guedozi, Torreira and maybe AMN and Martinez.
    The sale should be enough to fund the following :
    Manghalese, Partey and Salzburg CAM, shizo

    1. No one knows how fast d new guys will settle that’s why am keeping musti and Holding, Mari, and Saliba are new, getting 1 more new cb and sell off all old guys will be a huge gamble

  3. Sell 4 players and replace them with just one to play a really taxing premier league and europa season. Very wise. Very very wise.

    Also, in this pundits mind, all these four raise 30m ? In all honesty, word on the street is Arteta has 100m at his disposal already. That means our two main targets Partey and Gabriel can be signed without selling anyone.

    If we can do the following:
    Sokratis 15m
    Guendouzi 30m

    Gives us between 45-65m that could be used to sign an attacking midfielder. How are arsenal fans really buying the whole tight budget narrative?

      1. 👍 👍 👍 It is not up to “Champagne Charlie” Nicholas, who will be sold and who will be brought in. Mikel Arteta, in consultation with Edu, will make those decisions, because his career depends on getting it right.

  4. Charlie must be drinking again. Mustafi was our most improved player under MA. What message does he want to send to the team or other players looking to join the Club! Mustafi committed himself to Areta’s new philosophy and was justly rewarded with playing time. Besides, it will take at least two full seasons for Saliba or Gabriel to learn the league and get up to speed, so any wholesale cashing-in of defenders – including injured players – in this depressed market would be reckless.
    I guess PUBS across the UK are truly open again.

  5. Gabriel Magalhaes is truly happening guys. No one is hijacking nothing from us. He’s already agreed terms and in London for medicals. Sorted. Next up.

  6. We added one central defender in W. Saliba than last season. Dino went in loan but Pablo Mari has replaced him. So far, only one central defender to leave.
    Chambers, Mustafi and Pablo are injured, so they are difficult to move especially we provide high wages.
    So this leaves Luiz, Sokratis and holding.
    Luiz is in our starting 11, high wage, old enough to not be sold and we just extended contract. So we are definitely keeping them. You cannot start season with only two defenders, so you cannot sell both Holding and Sokratis. So unless we get Gabriel, only one of them can leave.

    Regardless of Injuries, Mustafi has one year left, so sell or renew, Chambers two years left. Holding has three years left.
    Regardless, of contracts, injuries, homegrown quota, if Chambers cannot be utilized in any other areas, as a centerback would choose to sell him but he can be used as both DM and RB.

  7. Papa is definitely going.. he is wanted in Italy.. we need to sell between Chambers or Holding.. Holding being the most likely with Leeds reportedly interested.. Musti will stay if he has above two years in his contract if not he will be sold.. but I don’t see us selling four to bring out in one.. two is more likely.. either ways I believe MA knows what’s best for his squad and I will wait and see what he does.. I know he has a thing for left footed CB’s I am expecting Gabriel.

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