Mikel Arteta hints that the Arsenal focus is to change to outgoings

Mikel Arteta has told reporters that Arsenal are set to analyse which squad players are unlikely to feature heavily in the upcoming season ‘and be fair to them’.

We’ve moved to bring in four signings already this summer, whilst closing in on a deal for Oleksandr Zinchenko to follow Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City also, whilst the only departure thus far has come in the shape of Alexandre Lacazette.

The manager has now told reporters at the club’s latest friendly win over Orlando that his side are set to analyse the fringe players of the squad.

Once Zinchenko arrives, he will bring competition for both the left-back role and the central midfield areas, and certain players may want to consider the ramifications of that.

Nuno Tavares seems to be reluctant to leave thus far, but he would probably benefit from a loan away from the club, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe and Bernd Leno must already be figuring out what is best for them after losing their roles in the side in recent seasons. Reiss Nelson is another amongst uncertainty, but he still has plenty of potential, and could well get one last chance at the club.

Whose role in the team is most under threat by the prominent signing of Zinchenko?


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  1. Surely to goodness, an analysis of players considered to be surplus to requirements should have been carried out by our Management team some time ago?

    1. Exactly, just what I was thinking, isn’t it a bit late now to be considering players who are surplus to requirements.

    2. Graddad, why could we do an analysis and later pay them to leave! That’s the trend of late for transfer outs, clubs will be hovering around to our so not good enough/Surplus players and apparently our manager is making an effort in devaluing players. IMO Arteta should not coming out saying that, do it quitely don’t let potential suitors know that you don’t rate your players. Else who will come with $15 000000 when they can wait and get them for either fee or peanuts?

      1. Let’s stop lying to ourselves. This is 2022 and there is no way you can try to deceive or trick any potential buyer into paying for players that are unwanted..

        The potential buyers have as much data and knowledge about all our unwanted players as you and me..

        So you think Man United didn’t want to get any money for Pogba or Lingard?

        You think Chelsea did want to make their money back on the Lukaku deal?

        Spuds are struggling to make any money on the likes of Ndombele, Lo celo, Etc.. They spent about £40-£60 million on each.

        All those clubs are in them same predicament as us..

        This is not the 1800’s where obvious misinformation could be more believable.

        Let’s stop deluding ourselves..

        1. Thanks for some sensible comments. Part of the issue here is that there are number of fans who have bought into a narrative that Arsenal/Arteta have devalued some of these players.
          If they were as good as some seem to believe we should have had other teams looking to sign them.

    3. I’m sure they know which players they want to move on, but perhaps it hints at a lack of interest in those players? I can’t imagine we work in a system where it’s one focus at a time.
      It’s odd – do we actively have to sell our players (as opposed to other clubs coming to us and inquiring)?

    4. Grandad,at the start of this pre-season MA publicly stated that everyone was starting with a clean slate.i don’t know how true it is but he took the likes of Torreira in the US tour.i guess time will tell.

    5. MA said quite clearly at the start of pre-season that this is a clean slate and an opportunity for all to make the club what they want it to be.

      That seems sensible. Many of those who the media expect to leave have actually had pretty good loan spells elsewhere, so if they were up for staying and if they’re good enough, then why not?

      And that’s the question – are they good enaough? PLaying in the French league is not the sameas teh PL – Lacazette didn’t translate his form there to the PL, nor did Pepe – for whatever reasons, it just didn’t happen.

      So pre-season is a case of seeing who can play well in a PL squad, also playing against some of those players in training before making decisions.

      That seems perfectly reasonable to me. It’s also what Arteta said he would do.

  2. Let’s hope that we can shift a few as there hasn’t been much interest so far apart from Leno and Bellerin
    I still think we need another striker and a dm and given our outlay already we will need sales to allow us to achieve this
    My hopes are xhaka, pepe, anm, bellerin & Leno out with maddison and toney in, I know I’m asking with maddison but we need quality if we are going to compete with the top 3

  3. I think that the signing of Zinchenko has impacted both Tavares and AMN the most ,Nuno might change his mind and probably accept a loan or a permanent move,AMN has been pushed lower down the pecking order for his favourite position with Vieira too,not only that he has not really impressed in pre-season.then we have the likes of Bellerin,Mari, Torreira,Leno..who will all leave for sure and few more youngsters going out on loan like Balogun.

  4. I’ve been saying for some time that the transfers (and those that have not happened) look like a 3 CB setup.

    Zinchenko doesn;t seem to be bought as cover at LB, there’s not much cover at RB, so… perhaps the reason is that it won’t be needed… because we won’t be playing that way.

    There are a lot of CBs and a lot of people who can play WB in the squad, including those who can play FB (and people like Tavares who struggle at FB but play well as WB).

    That may all change later in the window, depending on ins and outs, but for now it looks as if Arteta is looking at 3CB/2WB formations.

    I also suspect that he’d have been much more active in looking for FB cover if that were how he plans to play.

    He can of course change formations for diferent opponents and styles if he wants (and if he has the personnel of course). We’ll see in a few weeks.

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