Next summer provides a great opportunity for Arsenal to rebuild

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


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

Shkodran Mustafi
David Luiz
Dani Ceballos
Lucas Torreira
Granit Xhaka
Alexandre Lacazette
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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.


  1. McLovin says:

    Why does Reiss Nelson need to “step up soon”? Or why is time running out for AMN to stake claim on starting XI?

    Jesse Lingard has been a squad player United for years now. Some players are happy being a squad player, you can’t have world class players regularly on the bench.

    In fact, we just sold a squad player for almost £30m in Iwobi. Fantastic piece of business, but had Everton not paid so handsomely, Iwobi would’ve been a decent squad player to have around.

    1. Afoo says:

      Iwobi isn’t a squad player, he hid one of our best player last season

    2. Diogenes says:

      Yeah, but Reiss Nelson has far from Iwobi’s overall contribution. He needs to step up to even be a backup, which right now Saka looks closer to.

      Agree with every proposition in the article except Laca and Reiss Nelson, although I would give Reiss another chance via a loan, not with us yet. Somewhere in England.

      Laca has to stay if Auba goes. We need 2 good strikers in case of injuries and as Martinelli is still just 18. Nketiah is not ready to be a starter at Arsenal yet.

  2. John0711 says:

    Wouldn’t disagree with any of that, lacca and Auba can bring in money for a CB and midfielder
    And Gomez would be good

  3. antonioro says:

    Why is Ozil missed?Coz “ he refuses to leave”?Force him to leave,enough is enough,we don’t need this piece of lazyness anymore…

  4. jon fox says:

    So next summer will be a great opportunity to rebuild our squad then? So was last summer, the one before that and so on back for years. But to actually DO IT, you need an owener who will financially back the regime. But we have Kroenke. End of theory about rebuilding then. It will be a few mere sticking plasters as ever. REALITY! The club with no defence will continue to bring in has beens, never was beens and ell cheapos!

  5. James says:

    Truth is Arsenal is officially Kroenke’s prop (business-wise) so I would advise we stop fooling ourselves about wholesale changes in the near future. Kroenke only cares about his precious SoFi stadium and the Rams. That’s where his dollars are at, the rest of us(read Arsenal FC) can go pound sand.

  6. Grandad says:

    Other than the suggestion to sell Lacazette,I agree with your proposed sales.The problem is who is going to buy the likes of Sokratis, Mustafi and Luis?Our Executive need to adopt an entirely realistic attitude with regard to the sale of these players and resign themselves to taking big financial hits to get them offloaded.In the case of Ozil,he is in the driving seat with a contract which no other team on the Planet will match.In essence, we are stuck with him.

  7. Where'sMyTop4TrophyGone? says:

    I only disagree with selling Laca. He was our best player last season IMO. He can be that again and I believe he’ll come back to his old self once he gets a chance to play between Martinelli and Pepe.

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