There have been hundreds of Arsenal rumours already and the summer transfer window has only just opened, but considering just how many of our youngsters and loanees have had great seasons why should we even need to delve into the open market?
We also saw Krystian Bielik’s commanding display for Charlton in the play-off final the other day, and I think we have to promise him some first team game time or he could refuse a new contract. Just today it has just been announced that Calum Chambers has won Fulham’s Player of the Year award after spending the last 12 months at our local rivals.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has made his mark as an able deputy for Bellerin down the right-wing this season and could now be called a regular first teamer at the Emirates, while Reiss Nelson made a big impression while on loan at Hoffenheim this season. He was sent on his way with this heart-warming message from the German club. Hoffenheim tweeted: “Thank you, @ReissNelson9.
“You are pure football. Once again, everything for the #TSG give.
“After that we wish you a lot of success and all the best for your further journey! #Goodbye.”
We are all hopeful that he can step up to playing more often for us next season.
Of course Eddie Nketiah burst onto the scene this year with his exploits against Norwich in a great League Cup comeback, and the 19 year-old finished the season in style with a great individual goal against Burnley in the final game of the season. He should be Danny Welbeck’s replacement next season.
Then we have Emiliano Martinez, who has had a great season with Reading and at the age of 26 is considered to now be ready to be Leno’s backup after Petr Cech retires. There is also Mavropanos who played a bit more often towards the end of the season, and of course will have have Rob Holding back. And last but not least Joe Willock…..
If all those are promoted to the first team, who would we have left to buy?