Summer 2020 is a massive opportunity for Arsenal to overhaul their struggling squad.
Winter transfer windows very rarely solve problems long term, they tend to enable clubs to fix solutions on a short term basis only.
Next summer we have the Euro 2020 competition and with that comes the perfect opportunity to go shopping for new exciting players.
Of course, there are examples of players playing brilliantly in international tournaments and not replicating that at club level but generally speaking, players that stand out in major competitions tend to show that at club level.
The big risk with waiting for a major tournament to evaluate a player is that his price will skyrocket if he puts in a stellar performance.
All the major European countries have qualified and that means there will be an abundance of top talent on show and you can take it to the bank that Arsenal scouts will be at all the games.
It is not just the Euro’s that Arsenal will be focused on though, you have to think they are already drawing up a wish list.
There will also be a new man in charge and he will want to have an input as well, but whoever it is I would suggest we already know the areas that need strengthening.
If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and/or Alexandre Lacazette push for a move then at least one experienced striker will be required.
The midfield needs two, possibly three players and the defence probably needs at least four new signings. So, as many as eight new signings could be needed to reinvigorate a stale squad.
Looking through the squad I would make the following assumptions.
The current first-team squad as listed on Arsenal.com
Bernd Leno – keep, firmly established as the number one
Emiliano Martinez – keep, firmly established as the number two
Matt Macey – keep, though he may want to move to build his own career
Hector Bellerin – keep, but competition is required
Kieran Tierney – keep, just signed him
Sokratis – sell, not Arsenal quality
Rob Holding – keep, but needs to prove himself or end up just a squad player
Shkodran Mustafi – sell, just not for Arsenal, may succeed in a slower league
Calum Chambers – keep, but like Holding has to prove himself or be consigned to a back-up role
David Luiz – sell, cannot see him wanting to be a bench warmer and that is his level at Arsenal
Konstantinos Mavropanos – keep, one for the future
Sead Kolasinac – keep, but only as a back up to Tierney
Dani Ceballos – return to Real Madrid unless he shows he is worth a transfer fee
Mesut Ozil – keep, only because he will refuse to go
Lucas Torreira – sell, he is unhappy and wants to leave it seems
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – keep, but time is running out for him to stake a claim for first-team football
Joe Willock – keep, a work in progress, hopefully, becomes more consistent
Matteo Guendouzi – keep, same as Willock really, needs to step it up
Emile Smith Rowe – keep, one for the future
Granit Xhaka – sell, best for him and truth be told, he is not top-class
Alexandre Lacazette – sell, I cannot see him dislodging Martinelli in the long run
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – sell unless he commits his future to the club
Nicolas Pepe – keep, just bought him and he will be pivotal to Arsenal for years to come
Reiss Nelson – keep, but he needs to start stepping up and soon
Gabriel Martinelli – keep, will be the main Arsenal striker in years to come
So, in conclusion these are the players Arsenal should consider moving on
That is a minimum of eight players that could be moved on and all will need replacing in some form or another.
William Saliba will come into the defence so two new central defenders and competition for Bellerin.
Three midfielders and one striker, that is eight direct replacements.
Of course, it is not as simple as that, a new manager may play a certain way that requires two wingers as an example and so a left-winger would be required. But it is without a doubt that Arsenal does need an overhaul and next summer will be the first real opportunity to do that in significant numbers.