Players that Mikel Arteta can sell this summer to fund a new top-class defender

Mikel Arteta will enter the next transfer window with lots of uncertainty regarding the future of their stars.

The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette haven’t committed their longterm future to the club and Mikel Arteta may be forced into letting them leave in the summer.

However, more importantly, the Gunners have to be prepared to bring in new players and with limited funds, I expect the club to sell some players to do so.

In this article, I will discuss some of the players that Mikel Arteta can sell to fund a move for a new top-class defender.

The Gunners have so many defenders, but not all of them are currently pulling their weight. Below are the players who could leave in order for a top-class defender to join

Sead Kolasinac

Arsenal did beat the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United to sign the Bosnian, but he has never looked like the right fit to me.

He is struggling with lots of injuries now and I think next summer should be when we cut our losses and try to get £10 million from his sale.

Ainsley Maitland Niles

Mikel Arteta seems not to rate the Arsenal academy graduate and I believe that the earlier we sell him, the better for both parties.

If he continues to be left out of Arsenal’s first-team selection, then making between £10-15 million from his sale won’t be a bad idea.

Lucas Torreira

Torreira was one of the fan’s favourite in his first season but he has struggled in this campaign.

I would have loved for us to keep the 24-year-old beyond this season, but the fact that we need the funds should make us cash in on him.

Several top teams are still interested in him and we could easily make £30 million from moving the Uruguayan on.

Rob Holding

Holding has struggled with injuries and the signing of defenders like Pablo Mari and William Saliba puts his future at the Emirate into major doubt.

The Englishman is still struggling with the aftermath of being injured long term and I doubt if he will ever be the defender that he was before injury struck.

Holding could still have a good career in a midtable English side and he could make us up to £15 million in the summer.

If we succeed in moving these players on, we could make about £65 million and that should be enough to sign a defender like Dayot Upamecano.

An article from Ime


  1. Sorry to say it, but I think you are grossly overestimating the worth of that group.
    I would guess around 50% of your valuation, and we won’t get a top defender for 30 mil.

  2. Sell…
    1…sokatris…. 10 mil
    2..kolas….. . 15mil
    3…amn. 15 mil
    4..xakai. 20 mil
    5…miki. 15 mil
    6…elneney. 5 mil
    7. Ozil. Free
    8..lacca. 25 mil
    = 105 million

  3. “Holding could still have a good career in a mid table English side”…. we are a mid table English side 😜.
    Anyway, I don’t see a Holding being sold unless Mari really proves his worth and Saliba is struggling at present in his team that could possibly be relegated. I don’t think Torriera will be sold either but agree Kolasinac and AMN could be on their proverbial bikes at the end of the season.

    1. Holding’s poor injury record will make him tough to sell. I think people dont realize how little he has played for us. He’s only played 32 EPL games, most in a season of 12 matches. He’s not worth a lot of money. It’s just that Arsenal fans rated him because he had a period of 8-9 matches where he looked really good. I’d be happy if a team wanted him and if we got 15mill off the sale.

    2. Who said that we are a mid table English team? Those are just your antics. We have never gone below 6th position in more than 20 years and you call us a mid table club? You must be joking!

      1. We are in 9th position which I believe makes us mid table at present. In fact 9th is the highest we have been for about 2 months or longer.

        1. Your reasoning is quite interesting,so in a football game played over 90 minutes,if you are one nil down, you’ve lost that match? Arsenal is not a mid table club and has never been,wait for the season,you are not factual,are you sure that you support this club?

  4. Not so much who would I sell from our “defence”; more relevant is who, if any, would be worth keeping. LEAVING ASIDE TIERNEY, MARI, SALIBA who ALL only just arrived, and Saliba not here yet, so to speak, I would be trying to get rid of all other CB,s bar Holding and Mavros who has distinct promise, though clearly raw. We clearly need another top draw CB, though doubt Kroenke will allow it. I would want BELLERIN OUT TOO but would personally keep AMN BUT GIVE HIM A PROPER CHANCE IN HIS PROPER POSITION, which he has not yet had. Kolasinac sold too, who is just not the standard we need.

    Since I do not believe in keeping “sicknotes” long term, Holding would be expected to make the grade and stay fit next season or be transfer listed. His bad injury record already makes him only a borderline keep, for the time being, unless his injuries virtually all disappear.

  5. We should have sold Torrera last summer when AC Milan was offering us 40million, I love Torrera but if we are going to be competing for champions league we need a better defensive midfielder, he’s too small and he’s not as good as Kante. We need an Ndidi or a Matic type of player in the middle.

  6. Hmmm. It’s better for us I would think us should focus on our next PL match at away to Man City. A big PL match at away Arsenal should win. More so, as the stake to clinch a CL spot is high and is still open for grabs. Therefore, the Arsenal hierarchy bosses should not be distracted with players sale from the club at this critical time late in the campaign but focus on how the Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta will better utilise the Gunners available to him for selection to beat Man City collecting all points at stake in the match to enhance the club standing in the table. Although while I am not condemning the sales of the surplus to requirements and on the fringe players at the Emirates Stadium, good care should be taken to not throw away some babies in the water inside the baths with the baths.

  7. Would definitely expect more than 10-15 mill for AMN… pool got 22 mill for Solanke who barely kicked a ball for their first team

  8. A lot of Clubs are likely to be interested in AMN who to me is a better player than Iwobi.Apart from AMN and perhaps Torreria, who is a very decent little midfielder,we will be hard pushed to unload most of our other underperformers.Ironically, I would love to see AMN and Torreria working in tandem in our midfield supported by a physically powerful DM like Nditi .

  9. First of all is to get rid of those fringe players who are out on Loan Miki and Elneny. Sick notes Holding, maybe others but we will have to see Tierny was labelled a sick note before we signed him and he’s kept up that form. I do feel for him though very unlucky shoulder injury but we need to give him a chance. Funny how Mustafe is not on anyone’s list now but I agree he was in need of some confidence. Then there’s the not quite made it Solanke.

    Bellerin has to stay he’s got too much Arsenal running through his veins him and Saka on either side of Saliba and Mari could be an amazing line up then with Tierney and Luiz in support AMN as well he can cover defence and midfield positions and should be given a chance in his favoured position. Chambers should stay and can cover Right and CB positions so useful and Mavropanas should stay good feedback on him. Socrates should go, should Mustafe stay or go I would leave that one to Arteta. Torriera should stay and Xhaka Arteta rates him and since his issue back before Xmas I think he’s done well. But we do need a more Cellabas type play maker if we can keep him great and probably add another and let Ozil decide on his future. He can help bring on some of the new talent. There must be a few more Academy players waiting to come through.

    Depending on who we might lose if we held the cards and with Chambers and Mavrapanos back I think we might be able to Let Mustafe and Socrates and possibly Luiz go remember Arteta will have the preseason to get things working so maybe one new CB

    We do need a playmaker and maybe and box to box player someone good on the ball to make deep runs through like Ramsey used to. This is where the money should be spent in Midfield. With one or maybe two in to replace Elneny, and Miki.

    The frontline if we don’t lose anyone is great. When I look at the line ups it’s midfield where we are lacking playmakers. If you look at where assists are coming from it’s wingbacks and forwards less than we’d expect from midfield we need more from midfield.

  10. In the summer

    Auba only if he wants to go – $50m
    Laca hopefully we can get $45m
    Sokratis – $10m
    Xhaka – $30m
    Miki – $10m
    Elneny – $5m
    Ozil to anyone to get wages off
    AMN – $20m
    Kola – $20m
    Torreira only if he wants and we find a suitable replacement – $30m

    CB: Torres/Maghalles – $30m
    RB: Aarons – $25m
    CB/LB: Matvyienko – $30m
    CM: Szobsozlai – $20m
    Wing: Benhrama – $15m
    DM: Zakaria – $30m
    DM: Pape Gueye – $15m
    CAM: Korku – $20m
    ST: David – $20m
    Try keep Cellabos – $20m

    Bellerin Torres Salilba Tierney
    Zakaria Doucoure
    Pepe Szobsozlai Saka

    2nd Team:
    Aaron’s Mustafi Mari Matvyienko
    Guendozi Cellabos
    Nelson ESR Benhrama

    1. What a lame team.. let me give u the arsenal team for next season.. first we must se the unwanted players at arsenal and if we qualify for the champions league we should have enough money to buy these players
      Ricardo Rb from lester city
      Upc Cb from Leipzig
      Try to keep Dany
      T. Party from athetico
      Zaha from palace
      With the likes of Lacazette gone and aubameyang staying this would be a league title challenging side
      Leno ricardo, upc, saliba/luiz/mari Tierney, Dany xhaxa party pepe aubameyang and zaha

  11. Spuds heading out of CL in the most Arsenal way possible… They’d still beat us though. Mourinho may well be the new Wenger but he’ll always have “that” against us

  12. I don’t think the Arteta coached Arsenal first team squad will or should sell Granit Xhaka next summer. This is because he’s the only accurate long range ball passer that the club currently has whose accurate long range forward passes are grossly underutilised by his team mates especially in the all important Arsenal PL matches where Xhaka’s accurate long range passes are not effectively utilise to score goals. I think this is the strongest ball playing strength that Xhaka has but it’s allowed to go waste by his team mates whenever he does make those passes. This is absurd! Apart of the powerful left foot shot that he also has which could be stunning a times. But Xhaka- major weakness that he’s got to work on it to drastically improved is he is giving the ball away to the opposition which he sometimes does carelessly that could cost Arsenal in matches. Against West Ham at the Ems in the PL last Saturday, I think I lost the count of how many times that he gave the ball away carelessly to the opposition West Ham team.

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