Four players Arsenal need to sell before the transfer window closes
It was yet another miserable afternoon in Staffordshire for Arsenal on Saturday as an inspired and dogged Stoke City performance, allied with a debut goal for Jese Rodriguez, was enough to secure victory.
But in the aftermath of their defeat at the Bet365 Stadium, boss Arsene Wenger – when faced with questions about potential further arrivals this summer – admitted he needs to sell players before he can buy.
Speaking post-match, talkSPORT reports that he said: “I expect to sell players first. We have too many players. It is not manageable. Many clubs are in this situation – that is why the transfer market is quiet.
“We have 33 players at the moment. We have too many players.”
But with 33 players on the first-team books at the Emirates Stadium at present, who is currently in the firing line with just ten days left of the summer transfer window? The Boot Room dissects who may go.
Perhaps the man who could be the catalyst for a lot of movement away from the Emirates is want-away striker Lucas Perez, with the latest reports believing he may be the first to go in the next week.
The Evening Standard report that a return back to his hometown in Spain is on the brink of being agreed for a cost that could rise to £12million.
The 28-year-old moved to north London from the La Liga side, impressing by scoring 17 goals in 36 matches, but first-team opportunities have been rare at Arsenal and his frustrations have been clear.
And the arrival of record-signing Alexandre Lacazette – combined with the fact that Wenger took Perez’s number nine jersey from him – seems to be the final nail in the coffin that leads to his exit.
It seems that the arrival of left-sided defender Sead Kolasinac from Bundesliga outfit Schalke earlier this summer has all-but ended any hope that Kieran Gibbs had of staking a claim for first-team spots.
The 27-year-old has been part of Arsenal since breaking into the youth system at 14-years-old, earning himself a role in the England national side – making 10 appearances – after a sparkling breakthrough between 2012 and 2015, but his career at the Gunners has been sliding for a while now.
Last season he was awarded just 11 Premier League appearances, often being pushed down the pecking order by Nacho Monreal, and the added personnel leaves his future all-but certain to be away from Arsenal.
Up until a week ago it seemed inevitable that he would join Marco Silva’s revolution at Watford, slotting in on the left side of defence, but the Daily Mail reported that Arsenal’s £16million valuation is excessive.
Should they be willing to negotiate on a price then there will no doubt be interest in Gibbs, with Premier League rivals West Brom also showing interest this summer – per Sky Sports – and it seems he’s set to go.
It’s fair to say that Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career has been over for a long time now, with his continuous cycle of getting injured meaning that he’s just not at the level that the Gunners require.
It’s a sad thing to admit as, when he broke through into the first-team in 2008 there was such a genuine hype that he could be the next biggest English talent and this gathered an awful lot of momentum during his first few years at Arsenal, culminating in his England bow at just 18-years-old.
But then his cursed career began and, once he suffered a stress fracture to his ankle in 2011, he’s been unable to get a decent run of football together that could help him see out his full potential.
With Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Frances Coquelin more reliable midfield options for Wenger to call upon this season there’s almost no need to have Wilshere in contention.
And the latest from Italian news outlet Corrierre dello Sport is that Serie A giant AC Milan are currently stealing a march for his signature, although the Independent report competition from West Ham.
With Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac and Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal ranks, Calum Chambers’ long-term future at the club is looking bleak.
Arsene Wenger’s decision to send him out on-loan to Middlesbrough last season shows how important he considers him to be and, despite featuring in pre-season, his exit is an inevitability.
Fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace were the team highly-linked with a move for the 22-year-old just last month, with The Guardian claiming that the two were in advanced discussions.
Yet, in an identical case to Gibbs, Arsenal’s valuation of £25million for Chambers was deemed excessive once more by Crystal Palace and killed any possibility of a move over to Selhurst Park.
It’s all gone a bit quiet on the transfer front as of late but, with Chambers still so young and still possessing an awful lot of potential to succeed at the top level, a move away will be in his interests.
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