The English transfer window has closed. However, the European market remains open until early September. This means that foreign clubs can still buy and loan players from English sides. Arsenal are one club who ought to take advantage of this.
Unai Emery has a handful of players he should be seeking to move out of the club at this time. The likes of Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have been included on this list, but Arsenal’s lack of alternative options suggests that both will enjoy at least one more campaign at the Emirates Stadium.
However, there are three first team figures that Emery could already do without.
The Egyptian midfielder barely featured for the Gunners last season. The 27-year-old only managed eight Premier League appearances, three of which came from the bench. At this stage in his career, the 75-cap Egypt international needs to be playing more regularly.
There appears to be no room for Elneny in Emery’s plans. However, he is a talented player who would be an asset for many top flight clubs around Europe.
Mustafi’s perpetual errors and regular lapses in concentration have seen him become a deeply unpopular figure amongst much of the Arsenal fanbase. The 27-year-old is lacking in confidence and ability and simply must be moved on. Given the Gunners paid more than £35 million to secure his services in 2016, the German will go down as an embarrassing flop.
The time has come for Arsenal to take whatever they can get for the struggling centre-back. For the sake of both the player and the club, the time for them to part ways has very much arrived.
The £25 million summer capture of Kieran Tierney has left Emery with three first team left-backs at his disposal. The new man will certainly be first choice once he reaches full fitness. Veteran Spaniard Nacho Monreal can fill in until then, and supply a reliable back up option thereafter. That leaves Kolasinac, who is now surplus to requirements in north London.
At 26-years-old, the powerful Bosnian has far more market value than Monreal. However, he has proven himself to be defensively vulnerable. The Gunners cannot afford to carry anymore sub-par defenders. They should therefore cash in on Kolasinac now, and seek a long-term replacement for Monreal next summer.