Four Players Arsenal must not allow to leave this summer

This summer, Arteta is eager to reshape his squad. Besides making reasonable buys, the Spaniard is keen to let some players he feels have lost their importance in his project leave. These decisions, such as selling these four, could come back to haunt them in the future.

Kieran Tierney

The Scottish international lost favour at the Emirates. Oleksandr Zinchenko came in last summer and changed the dynamics of Arsenal’s left wing. The Ukrainian made the left-back his own, dictating Arsenal’s general play with his brilliant ability with the ball at his feet. Tierney failed to excel in that position whenever the former Manchester City man was unavailable, and many feel he ought to leave to save his career. If he joins a Premier League side, the Scottish international could help the side rise in the table.

Emile Smith-Rowe

Though there are clear hints that he is set to stay, he may depart. Considering Aston Villa has maintained an interest in his services, Unai Emery must have ideas on how to tap into the potential the Hale End graduate has. Arsenal’s decision to part ways with Smith Rowe may backfire if he flourishes upon his departure.

Reiss Nelson

There’s talk about him committing to a new deal, but before he signs between the dotted lines, there’s still a chance he could leave. Several clubs, like Brighton, expressed interest in his services. Arsenal may regret not giving him more opportunities to prove himself if they allow him to leave and he goes and flourishes away from the Emirates.

Folarin Balogun

With 21 goals in 37 games, Balogun has just announced himself as one of Europe’s finest strikers. Unfortunately, even with his good form, he’s still not guaranteed a starting spot on Arteta’s team. He will likely leave this summer to seek first-team football; the Gunners may be eager to sell him at a premium and use that money for further reinforcements. But in the end, if the USMNT striker continues his scoring form elsewhere, Arsenal may lament the decision to let him depart.

As the Gunners mould their dream team, the potential departure of these players could leave a lasting impact. Mikel Arteta and Edu Gasper must carefully evaluate their decisions to ensure they do not regret parting ways with these talented players.

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  1. Most of us wish they’d stay, but the technical team have their own plans especially with Tierney.

    I wish Partey stays too,

  2. Arteta doesn’t rotate much, and prefers to stick with his 11. Consider how some quality players didn’t get much game time, even when fit. Tomiyasu (before injury), Tierney, Trossard dropped like hot potato for underperforming Jesus.

    That’s Arteta’s way so we live and die by it. Nelson is good enough for limited time, no need to spend tens of millions for someone to spend so much time on the bench.

    I hope I’m wrong and that Arteta’s man management has evolved and open competition is the way forward. IMHO we need that competition to push on and improve; NO ONE should be an automatic starter, it should be earned for each match.

    1. I agree,it seems arteta has personal likes and dislikes,look at how he tried to frustrate saliba under guise of him not being ready and now balogun.It doesnt make sense to let him go when he is even more clinical a finisher than jusus.

    2. @Durand,some fans on JA said that the reason for MA not rotating was the lack of quality at his if he brings several new players in,this should no longer be an excuse.i guess time will tell.

  3. Of the four players mentioned i agree to a point Tierney i would keep as he is a better defender than Zinchenko Smith – Rowe definitely one to keep but not sure where he will play he is not a wide player ann neither will he get in the team over Odegaard he could play in number 8 role but are, Arsenal going to pay a large amount for Havertz and play Skith Rowe very doubtful he could play possibly in number 8 role of Havertz plays as outright striker but Havertz like Jesus wont get enough goals to win Arsenal the league Nelson i would sell he fldid ok against weak sidee but up until last season had chances to shine but failed to convince Balogun is, an ibteresting one and iif we sell i would insist on a buy back option He could be another Andrew Cole situation i”d bectempted to sell Nketiah keep Balogun and bring in another proven striker notvtoo exoensive but one who knows the Premier League and can allow Balogun run outs until Balogun proves himself at, Arsenal

  4. I don’t agree with keeping Reiss Nelson. He’s ok, but squad depth is pointless if those players can’t realistically displaced those in the first XI and that’s what we need.

  5. Would keep all 4, and drop zinch3nko and jesus if they dont perform. If eddie scores he starts next game,if jesus does he starts, if neither of them do the biz Flo starts. Come jan, we will have 3 strikers rotating on form.

    Havertz is a waste of money when you can play esr there if odegaard isnt performing

    Reiss is good on wother flank as competition for martinelli saka . Trossard is there in the mix too.

    We need 2 centre midfielders solid class man mountains to replace and better xhaka. Partey is good for another year or so but we have dead weight we need to shift.Jorginho is merely a squad player.

    Lokonga elneny are not good enough. Would prob add vieira as well, made of glass and a passenger in the games i have seen him.

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