Report names 13 players tipped for permanent summer exits from Arsenal

Arsenal are expected to have another clear-out of their extended playing squad this summer, with the club claimed to be considering 13 departures at this point in time.

While we are also claimed to be eyeing as many as six new signings, the same number of additions we moved to bring in last summer, we could be set to see 13 names removed from our personnel list.

The Express names the extended list of players who could be set to leave, with some of those already having agreed to leave.

Matteo Guendouzi is amongst that latter list, having already arranged his permanent move to Marseille for when his current loan is completed this summer.

We also have other loanees who look near-certain to leave this summer also. Dinos Mavropanos is expected to join vfb Stuttgart this summer whether the obligation to buy is triggered or not, with the Bundesliga side willing to sell him on for a profit should they fail to survive relegation from Germany’s top division.

Pablo Mari is another defender who opted to leave on loan in January after falling down the pecking order under Arteta. He is currently enjoying a regular first-team role with Udinese in Serie A, and while it remains to be seen if he could stay there beyond the summer, but you would be shocked if he was to be back at the Emirates next term, especially with William Saliba also expected to return from loan.

Hector Bellerin and Lucas Torreira are also enjoying their respective loan spells in La Liga and in Italy, and appear likely to be offered the chance to stay with Real Betis and Fiorentina respectively, while neither appears anywhere near Mikel Arteta’s future plans.

Reiss Nelson and Alex Runarsson are also on loan, with neither impressing especially, and will surely be offered out in the coming window, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is also on loan with his spell under Jose Mourinho not going as well as planned. He is unlikely to have the option to stay at Roma, although he isn’t likely to be at the Emirates come the end of the summer transfer window with his current contract set to expire in 2023.

We then have both Alexandre Lacazette, Mo Elneny and Eddie Nketiah all out of contract come the summer, and little talk of any contract talks with any of the trio at present. The report adds that Granit Xhaka is likely to come in for interest once again, having been strongly linked with a move to AS Roma last summer, and with him come in for further scrutiny by fans this term.

Would you be keen for Arsenal to keep any of this extended list?


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  1. Maybe Reiss Nelson, offer him a new contract and send him back out on another loan. As for the rest I can see them all departing except for Xhaka, who I feel we need to move on from and upgrade this summer but have this dreaded feeling we will be stuck with him especially if we qualify for CL, I can’t see him wanting to leave then and quotes from him in a recent interview where he basically said that he will leave the club when he feels it’s necessary backs up that theory.

      1. Keep Cedric until Brooke Norton Cuffy is ready to step up.

        He is on loan at Lincoln now and would interest a championship club next season

  2. And herein lies our issue….how much would we get for these 12-13 departures?

    Probably somewhere in the range of 35-55mil? I’m guessing some will just sit to get loaned out again until their contract runs down.

  3. I have read in several rags that Arsenal have put a price on Saliba’s head, so he might well be off to Marseille.

    As to losing the rest of the players on the list, I cannot offer an opinion until I see who is replacing them!

  4. Of all those mentioned, Laca is the only one I’d keep. Such a big clear-out would allow signing some players Arsenal really need (2 strikers, top quality DMF, etc) and if they’re the right signings, could make a really good squad for next season that will be right up there.

  5. I would have kept only Niles…

    I think he just needs to have a honest discussion about his position on the field, Maybe he just wants to feel important in the team, am sure someone at the club could persuade him into agreeing to play right back permanently…

    He would save us money going in search of a right back.. plus we would also need his versatility incase Partey comes injured or gets booked along the way

    As for the rest they should all go
    but I would rather substitute Mavropanos for Holding in that list.. I don’t think Holding has anything to offer us anymore

  6. Shame that the players mentioned will be leaving for a pittance ,no one could argue that the asset side of this new regime have devalued the players or in a better word have just fcked up their contracts .
    In all my time as an Arsenal fan I’ve never seen this kind of mess in regards of losing so much dollar ,how many players have or will be running out of contracts and leaving for the grand sum of nothing .

    1. no doubt DK…not to mention, if the rumours being propagated on JA are to be believed, which is highly debatable, there’s been two articles, regarding both Saliba and Partey, which have stated that we would gladly “break even” on our investments

      furthermore, if it was a foregone conclusion that we were going to eat a sh**load of contract-related funds, why not pursue this course of action from the onset, so that we could have had other players embedded by now

      unfortunately, we both know why that didn’t happen, as the manager whom so many have entrusted with the supposed “process” got a sniff, thought he could cheat the system by pursuing a nonsensical “retool” shortcut, then sh** the bed, which invariably led to the oh so convenient reemergence of the process

      that said, I do hope that we secure an invite to the CL, as I believe that MA’s staying no matter what the scenario, minus us losing all of our remaining matches of course, and as such I think the only way we can truly reinvent this wheel is if we can attract the kind of players who can succeed in spite of the tactics on offer

  7. “Are we keen to keep any of these players” asks PATRICK!


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