Eight wins in a row, squad looks full of confidence.
We’re second in the league, in the FA Cup semi-final and we’ve got few more players coming back from injury.
Things are looking rosy – no complaints here…
During all this, I’ve been thinking about the players on the fringes and out on loan to and wondering if they have a future at Arsenal.
Let’s have a look.
Probably the biggest player who could potentially depart this summer. Since his return from injury he’s been restricted to keeping Szczesny company on the bench. With Ramsey being preferred on the right wing the last few games after Welbeck picked up a knock on international duty and The Ox unavailable it must’ve been a kick in the teeth for Theo. Just one year left on his contract, two big injuries in the last two seasons, if someone comes in with a sensible bid then I can’t see Wenger thinking twice about accepting.
This one’s a tough one, if we sign a keeper then we’d be looking to sell. I’m just not sure where he’d go. He’s still young for a keeper and has potential but there are obviously some disciplinary issues. Wenger has moved on and seems happy with Ospina. Woj won’t accept being second choice for much longer, a move abroad likely if it happens.
His contract up in the summer, not much talk of a renewal and the Little Mozart enquired about leaving in January. I think his time is up unfortunately but would love it if he got a further season. However if he wants one final pay day and more minutes on the pitch I’d be surprised if we stand in his way.
Quickly falling out of favour after Le Coq’s return and the probable signing of a defensive midfielder in the summer, he’ll be available at the end of the season. Whether another club is prepared to pay big wages for someone who’ll be suspended every five games is anyone’s guess. They would be getting an excellent pointing and shouting expert though.
Like Rosicky, his contract is up in the summer. After another injury earlier in the season it looked like his Arsenal days were over. However, rumours of a pay as you play deal and with Arsene Wenger coming out saying they’ll assess his fitness it makes me think he may be given one more season to prove himself if he can stay fit for six weeks.
Remember when a lot of people couldn’t believe Podolski wasn’t starting upfront for us when he never took the chances he had? Remember when people couldn’t believe he wasn’t starting on the left flank even though his contribution defensively left Monreal or Gibbs terribly exposed? A great impact sub but his loan move to Inter has shown Wenger knew the whole time. Struggling in a poor Serie A league, he’ll struggle to get near our first eleven at the moment. A move back to Germany or a journey to Turkey seem likely.
The Banter king, Chambo’s mate and Arsenal fan. I like Jenks, would love it if he had a career at our place but with Debuchy, Bellerin and Chambers ahead of him in the pecking order it’s hard to see where he’ll fit in. If the rumours of a £10million bid from West Ham or Liverpool are accurate I’d expect Wenger to snap their hands off.
I was quite surprised he signed a new contract in January before his loan move to Villareal. He’s been pretty average since the move and it’s hard to see him ever being more than a Capital One Cup player never mind a first team regular. I doubt he’s done enough to tempt Villareal to buy so if we don’t sell in the summer he’ll more than likely go off on loan until we find a buyer or his new contract expires.
So what do you think?
Any of those you think we should keep hold of?