Is it good business if Arsenal get 20m each for these two academy graduates?

Arsenal reportedly to allow two youngsters depart for 20M each


Arsenal will listen to offers for their academy graduates, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, the Mirror reported, and are saying the Gunners are asking for 20m for each of them.

The duo have struggled to get any game time at the Emirates this season.

While Maitland-Niles left the club on loan, on the lookout for more first-team opportunities, Nketiah stayed at the club, but has been frozen out of the squad.

Friday’s frustrating 0-1 defeat at the hands of Everton was Nketiah’s first start in the league since the reverse fixture between the teams in mid-December.

The 21-year-old will have a year left on his current deal with the Gunners in the summer, and it looks unlikely he will be given a new deal. Especially after reports emerged that Folarin Balogun will be handed new terms.

On the other hand, Maitland-Niles preference is to play at the heart of the midfield. But it is not a position Arteta trusts the 23-year-old in. The England international, who has five appearances to his name for his country, has made just two appearances at the central midfield since Arteta took over in December 2019.

Even his national coach Gareth Southgate used him as a wing-back.

The versatile nature of Maitland Niles has not benefited him in being an established midfielder in any team apart from West Brom, where his performances definitely needs keeping an eye on.

With West Brom looking likely to get relegated, Maitland Niles will not be expected to make a switch to the Hawthorns.

Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Monaco and Leeds United have all been linked to him. His future, with every passing day, looks outside the Emirates.

Whereas, his fellow teammate at Arsenal have similar issues.

If Arsenal wish to sell Nketiah, they would have to let him go at a discounted price, due to his contractual situation. West Ham United reportedly opened talks with the club, but nothing was serious.

That soon can change in the summer.

Selling fringe players like Nketiah and Maitland-Niles will only help the Red and White to increase their transfer kitty.

Revamping the squad has not been this important for years. Thus, don’t be surprised if Arsenal, beside the duo, sell other established players to raise funds.


Yash Bisht

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  2. Because we’re not likely to see Arsenal lift the EL trophy, definitely yes. Otherwise, there’ll be no transfer funds.

    With that in mind, I don’t see us extending Laca’s contract either nor do I see a future for Torreira, Guendouzi, and Bellerin.

    That gives us somewhere around 130-150 million pounds to buy a striker, LB, RB, central midfielder and an attacking midfielder. Something tells me we’ll miss out on some key positions yet again.

    Can’t wait for the top 10 battle royal with Leeds and Aston Villa next season.

    1. The club will have to give Lacazette a new contract or lose him for free because he won’t leave till he can go on a free to ensure a fat retirement salary like Auba has. Torreira Guendouzi and Bellerin will all say the same thing
      “give me an extended contract or I will leave on a free”. And there is nothing the club can do about it.

    1. Grandad

      From your mouth to the football gods ears. That would be a dream situation. That would suit the future of Martinelli and Balogun too.

  3. Nketiah has been underwhelming so far. 0ne goal v Fulham and one goal v Westham in the PL.
    In the EL group stage one goal v
    Rapid Vienna in a 4-1 cruise and a goal in each leg v Dundalk.
    Most Arsenal fans don’t rate Nketia so why would any one else?
    Niles is playing for relegated WBA hardly a big recommendation.
    Again most Arsenal fans don’t rate him so again why would any one else?
    In the post covid ravaged debt ridden climate buying clubs can submit bids half the asking price and be pretty confident of a sale.

    1. Supposedly David Moyes is interested in Nketiah. Ans supposedly Newcastle is interested in Wilock he has been doing decent for them lately. If, and that is a big IF, we get offers for these two I think we should be happy if we get 5-10 for Nketiah and £15 for Wilock.

  4. I expect the market for players to continue to come down. many of the big clubs are in financial distress. This will impact the entire market of players over £10 million.

    I would be surprised if we receive more than 30 for both players.

    I would expect £15 mill for AMN to be a good catch and £5-10 for Nketiah.

    Wilock might be the most sellable but even for him I would be surprsied to receive more than £15 mill

    1. In all likelyhood, we will cash on AMN, Joe and Eddie, get some 40-50M and spend it on some nobody from the continent (eq Torrera, Xhaka, Gabriel Leno or loan deals like Denis Suarez, Cabellos) or some retiring has beens (Peter Chech, Willian, Luiz, Cedric).
      Do not be surprised if offers were accepted for Martenelli or Saka or Tierney

      1. Loose Cannon – I would be surprised if offers were accepted for Martinelli, Saka or Tierney.

        I hope we don’t waste another cent on loanees. If we could get £40-50 for those 3 players we should think long and hard about it, and then take the money and run.

        Indeed, our biggest concern after taking this money would be if we waste it again on a Pepe like player. I have no major problem with Pepe as a player but he is not special and does not play up to his price tag IMO. If we had paid £30 for him, I would say he can still turn out to be a good investment if he has a good year next year. But for a £70 million player his second year has been underwhelming.

  5. Time for both to move on.

    I have been a huge critic of Maitland-Niles on here – I simply do not rate the player at all (everyone is entitled to their opinion).

    Being the sort to prefer to back up opinions, I have actually bothered to watch each of Albion’s televised games since AMN went on loan.

    Last game out (Leicester away), M-N was beyond dreadful, really awful – 1 of out 10 for getting off the coach.

    Just my bias ?

    The commentators and studio pundits all cited West Brom’s “Total Lack of Intensity” & “Complete Lack of Urgency” in central midfield”.

    Ring any bells ?

    Where was Maitland Niles playing – his “preferred” role of centre mid’.

    These observations are not made for the first time either.

    Now, WBA were pathetic across the board so I accept it is hard for single players to come to the fore.

    But that is what is required in a fight I’m afraid, and what this player has for me always lacked – bar a couple of high profile games in a successful cup run (and those only of the standard I would expect anyway, but suddenly in some eyes he became Roberto Carlos ?).

    AMN is simply not good enough for the Arsenal going forward.

    As For Eddie.

    We spent years on the likes of Walcott and the Ox’ before deciding not good enough and letting them go.

    Sadly Nketiah will never be the answer to leading Arsenal’s line.

    Joe Willock.

    Seems to be doing well for Newcastle, perhaps he has found his “home” and feels comfortable there.

    Again – sell.

    The cull seemed to have started in January getting rid of “fringe” and maybe “problematic” players “hanging around” the place (also offloading high wages against little return helped).

    Summer will be a time of shifting those who simply ain’t good enough.

    The time has long since passed to drop the “Academy Product Sentiment” (AMN & Willock).

    From that crop it’s ESR & Saka – we move on.

    1. AJ I pretty much agree. Striker is the only place I am not 100% sure what we should do. If we want to be in the top 6 we would probably need a better player than we have at the moment and Laca would probably cost to much in wages to renew, but will we find a better striker given our limited budget and poor transfer record in terms of buying new players. In the last several years we have made more bad decisions in buying new players than good decisions IMO.

    2. Have to say, Walcott and Ox were far more promising than Nketiah based on first team matches. They were horribly inconsistent but you could see how both were potential match winners. I just don’t see what Nketiah brings – either needs to dramatically improve his finishing (1-on-1 he never looks likely to score) or his physical presence/hold up play.
      I like and respect his attitude to the game, but If we could sell him for a few million I’d do it without hesitation.

  6. For Eddie yes, it is a fair price, he has some qualities but does not fit Arsenal in no.9 with current competition (as long as Balogun signs and we do not offload both Auba and Lacca, which is unlikely).
    For AMN, depends on his WBA performance, home grown quota, if we are able to replace him in midfield, if we are able to offload Matteo G. and Elneny, if he is willing to extend contract.
    Frankly, he seems to me capable of doing the job.

    1. Like you said wait and see with balogun. Not sure if arteta did not pushed him out by ignoring him again and again for nketiah while everybody knew nketiah had no future here for months. You can say “we want him here” but the acts did not follow

  7. Absolutely. In my view arsenal should look to offload the below players

    1. Luiz
    2. Kolasinac
    3. Bellerin
    4. Xhaka
    5. AMN
    6. Willock
    7. Elneny
    8. Nketieh
    9. Auba or Lacca (can’t decide which one)

    I know it’s a long list. I realise its unlikely to happen. Buy hey, one can wish. Also, needless to say we can’t just offload so many players without looking for replacements.

    1. I would go for laca if we can offload auba. Auba shows nothing this year. And more than his play, has not repaid arteta faith being late and no leadership. Great goalscorer but at a heavy price for a club like us and 2 years older than laca. I am sure we could tie laca to 3years and no more than 200k a week which saves minimum 50k per week.

      1. Agree with you except that Laca is not worth 200K a week. If we extend him, it will have to be a team friendly contract; in the region of 120 K a week.

    2. Being practical, Auba wont move with his wages, and Laca will demand a big contract to stay. So Laca should be moved on.

      Add to the list :

      No point sending players on loan for ever if they cant play in main team soon

      1. You’re kidding with Saliba and Mavropanos; what opportunities have they been given at Arsenal to show their worth?

  8. But what makes you believe the owners will give the coach all the money raised from players sold?

  9. Good, it would be a miracle!!
    At the moment, Willock is playing the best, we might get $20m for him. AMN has no goals and no assists for West Bromwich. Eddie N hasn’t set the world alight with his goal scoring for Arsenal, but has scored for the U/21’s albeit at a much lower level of competition. My worry is, who do we want to spend the money on we get for these players? Knowing Arsenal we will probably buy another center half!!!

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