Have Arsenal let too many good players go?

Okay so the transfer window has closed and we Arsenal fans have had a little bit of time in which to take in all that has happened and look at things in a fairly reasonable and calm sort of way (if that is ever possible when you are a football fan).

After all the frustration earlier in the summer and the feeling that Arsene Wenger was making the same old mistake of being way too over cautious with the club’s money, Arsenal did end up spending a fair bit and strengthening our squad in the three key areas of defence, midfield and attack.

But even though the Gunners did splash some cash and add Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, as well as the promising young defender Rob Holding, I cannot help but feel that we may have been a bit too hasty in allowing some of the other Arsenal squad members to leave.

Wojciech Szczesny I have no problem with, as David Ospina is a fine back up keeper to have and the Pole needs to play in order to have any chance of keeping his Arsenal career alive. I am not so sure about the decision to let Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers, Joel Campbell and Serge Gnabry go out on loan.

I can understand that each of these fringe players could do with the regular game time they would probably not get if they stayed in north London but taken altogether it strikes me that we may have left ourselves a little threadbare and vulnerable to any more injury problems that might crop up over the course of the season (and we all know that Arsenal and injuries go together like peaches and cream).

So while the squad options available to the boss look alright, we should remember that the Gunners have two domestic cups as well as the Premier League and the Champions League to cope with and the games will soomn be coming thick and fast.

Are Sanogo and Akpom really enough cover for our forward line. Are the Ox and Elneny really in good enough form to suggest we don’t need any more options in midfield? Is Holding enough to boost the defence until Gabriel and then Per Mertesacker get back to fitness?


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  1. I quite like the fact he has had a clearout…gives the squad some solidity, and with the new signings, some fresh faces and ideas.

    Plus, the chance for a few youngsters to be given a chance.

    I’m fine with it all.

  2. Serge was sold, flat out. Jack and Callum won’t be missed.
    We should have tried to hold onto Joel though. Because he, among all the names up there, is more than adequate back up.
    We supposedly let him go on loan in order to free up space for Serge. Then Serge turned his back on us altogether with.

    1. he went to sporting aswell, way inferior league
      wont improve him,

      pointless loan, liked joel , diff dynamic to the team

        1. hes not deco or ronaldo.
          it is a way inferior league

          a season of pl football wud show the unconvinced he was the real deal
          i rate him

          1. oh i see.. if you rate him he is the real deal and he would show us unconvinced.. soso are you maybe a star scout or something? 😀

            1. lol krish wind ur neck in.
              its merely an opinion thumbs down by all means

              gosh u can be a plank sometimes.

              luckily i like wood…pause?! what? no not woo..im muffdiv..im just trynna…oh ffs

          2. Hulk, Rodriguez, Falcao, Torres, Moutinho, Ferreira, Carvalho, Pepe, Coentrao, Angel Di Maria, Ramires, Nani, Matic, …

  3. Sanogo and Akpom aren’t really backups to be honest, possible cup players though. It goes Giroud > Perez > Sanchez > Walcott for ST. Elneny, Ramsey, Coquelin are plenty backup for the three midfield positions and we also have wingers that can play the role if need be. Have you seen Holding play with Koscielny? He’s great as backup as long as one of Kos and Mustafi are fit and Gabriel is back in 4 weeks after games start up again anyway.

  4. Obviously, Everything will depend on Wenger’s team selection and how he prioritises each competition.
    Lets not forget his weakened lineups in the first two games in the champions league (Last year) that nearly cost us.
    As for the English cup games, Wenger needs to avoid temptation and field all our fringe player’s, no matter who we are up against, getting knocked out early helped Leicester’s cause, in winning the title.
    Even though the quality of our squad has improved (slightly) it’s nowhere near big enough in quality to compete in all four competitions.
    We can only hope that Mr Wenger will be more clued up this season… And yes that word ‘Hope’ is a delusion in itself!

    1. well last year when he fielded this so called “weakened lineups” everybody was ranting on about rotation blabla and welcomed it and after it failed they blamed wenger but to be honest.. it was team with enough quality to beat the teams.. the players were at fault for messing it up.. mainly ospina and debuchy (players i rate very much as back-up) but it was the right decision to field them, the loss can’t be blamed on “weakened lineups” this back-up players are there for something.. and nope we do have enough alternatives to compete in all four comp. yes LFC won the league and yes it helped them that they weren’t in the other comps but squadwise we are muuuuch deeper than LFC no top-tier team should deliberately go out of a cup

      1. Hahaha ?
        And your rant was about what ?..exactly? ? ?
        Doesn’t the manager pick the team?
        Isn’t it his job to motivate the player’s?
        If the players fail then that means that the manager Failed! ? ffs! ?

        #The Lemmings and Lemons Unite #God Help Us

  5. I probably would have kept either serge or Joel. Don’t know why we didn’t loan serge instead of selling but that’s the way she goes. We won’t miss chambers or Wilshire I don’t think. We have “the jeff” and young willock that look ready to have a go in the fa cup.

  6. Not enough … Walcott Ramsey mert Gibbs in arsenal shirts is sign of a 4th place mind set … All these players should have gone 2 years ago …

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