Is it now time for Arsenal to have a “mini-clearout” before buying more players

According to Dean Jones, the transfer expert from GiveMeSport, Arsenal’s operations this summer were divided into two phases.

During the first phase of this transfer window, Arteta had to ensure that three of his priority signings were brought on board: Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber. Arteta has spent almost £200 million on the trio. With their arrivals, Arteta is assured of putting up a fight in the Premier League title race, regardless of how the rest of the transfer window plays out. More arrivals are expected in Phase 2 of this summer transfer window.

However, for the time being, Edu and Arteta will take a pause from beefing up to focus on releasing players who are no longer needed. Granit Xhaka has already left, so all eyes will be on Thomas Partey, Folarin Balogun, and Kieran Tierney, all of whom are expected to leave this summer.

“The focus has been so heavily on getting these first three guys through the door that there is no certainty over who they go for in that position [right wing] yet. So let’s wait until the mini clearout starts to take place — the tidy up I should say — of the Arsenal squad takes place,” said on The Football Terrace’s ‘Done Deal’ show.

“And then we’ll see, once that second phase is ready to be activated, if Arsenal can go for those players in the wide areas.”

What can we expect in Phase 2? In that phase, we can expect the likes of Romeo Lavia and Moussa Diaby to join hopefully, if good money is raised from the exits.

This was the best-planned transfer window Arsenal has had under Arteta. Everything seemed to be falling into place. Hopefully, the decisions Arteta has made will pay off next season.


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    1. Saw a glimpse of the Watford friendly . Seeing nketia missing a sitter does not bode well for the incoming season. Jesus hardly scores, neither does nketia and we wanna sell balogun. I would rather get rid of nketia and give balogun a chance. We have too many Hanger’s on at the club on ridiculous wages which will make it difficult to ease them out the door. Tavares, holding, Soares, nketia, viera, lokonga, elneny all are on ridiculous wages and need to go. But those wages are gonna be a stumbling block. Interesting conundrum awaits next season

  1. If Partey will still get distracted by his legal cases, we’d better sell him ASAP. Those kinds of prolonged cases have destroyed the careers of Mendy, Sigurdsson and Bissouma, despite having been found not guilty

    As for Balogun, Arsenal had better offer him a contract extension. If he doesn’t want to sign or if he is deemed not suited to Arteta’s tactics, he should be sold

    About Tierney, Arteta should explain about his role and playing time for the upcoming season, to see whether he will accept it or not. We shouldn’t keep an unhappy senior player who’s influential in the dressing room

  2. Yes a fire sale to clear the deck is necessary.

    This list is well documented.
    Balogun- £ 40 mill – Millan clubs
    Tavares- £ 15 mill – West Ham/Marseille
    Lonkango- £15 mill – Burnley
    Holding- £9mill- Sheffield
    Pepe – £ 12 mill – Nice
    Eddie- £5 mill West Ham
    Vieira- £15 mill Forest
    Xhaka sold
    Mari Sold

      1. Callum M
        Drink occasionally but don’t smoke.
        Eddie salary and his long term contract will affect his price tag.

        We paid approximately £34 mill for Veiria his value has plummeted.

        Nice showed an intrest in Pepe, there is still a player their he could comes alive with an arm around his shoulders.

        1. Mate. Pepes wages are so high, we’ll have to pay them to take him. No way are we selling 34m Vieira for a loss after one season. Eddie is our backup striker, and a good one. No way we sell him for 5m. Thankfully, you don’t have anything to do with AFC player sales. You did give me a genuine laugh with your crazy numbers, so thanks for that at least!

          1. Callum M
            Do you think Leverkusen is offering Xhaka the same wages or more in terms of salaries?

            Exactly my point, Pepe high wages will affect his price tag.

            Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and move on, happy you see the lighter side though

            1. 12m for Pepe would be daylight robbery. We will arrange a deal to terminate his contract, and he’ll go on a free. That’s cutting your losses. It’s well documented 😉

              1. From 72 mill to 12 mill is a daylight robbery?
                This one beat all cock fights.

                Wants to wish him well though if your statement is correct, something tells me deep down, there is still a player in him 👍🏻

  3. 30 million for Xhaka and Mari (both +30 year olds) is a fine start IMO.

    I think we will sell Partey ONLY if

    A) we get an extremely good DM to replace him (ie. Aurelien from Real but not ie. Lavia)

    B) we get a hefty transfer fee for him (something close to what Arsenal paid couple years back)

    1. DaJuhi interestingly,Lavia would be the first choice ahead of Aurelien from the rumours I’ve heard. Perharps the resoaning is that Lavia is younger,cheaper,Epl experienced and may not mind sitting on the bench until Jorginho leaves. Personally wouldn’t mind either.

  4. OT: congratulations to Vieira who was named player of the tournament at the Euros U’s 21!👏

  5. The phase 1 and phase 2 approach makes total sense. Let’s hope we can get it done. If we do we are going to have a great team and a good squad.

  6. YES. Only Mari from Arteta’s “Talent id ” hype is gone. Runarsson, Cedric, Tavares and Lokonga ought to be sold. As are: Arteta pal Elneny, Holding and Pepe. Viera would be an ideal candidate for a loan in the PL. Can he cut it?

  7. I love it how various people on here come up with player selling valuations and are usually way off the mark, it’s so funny 😂

  8. I think the fact it looks like we have brought in 3 targets in areas we wanted cover for, and still with 8 weeks left of the window, indicates we have learnt quickly how to operate in transfer windows, thus leaving us with good time to move out players and sign anyone who is still required.

    It’s easier when you have brought players in to help decide the fate of fringe players.
    Take the case of Kiwori and now Timber, it kinda shows the writing is on the wall for Holding and Cedric.

    Whilst if you look at Man U who want to ship out Mcquire and Lindoff, its hard because they haven’t brought anyone in and even if the manager tells them they are no longer wanted, the players knows there isn’t any alternative option for the club, so they will not activity ask their agent to search a move…

    We had this issue in the past, credit to AFC for turning this around.

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