The 4 players who might not play another game for Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Given the possibility the Premier League might cancel the season, there are four Arsenal players who may not play another game for the club.

Pablo Mari (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)
Pablo Mari (Photo via Arsenal on Twitter)

Today, the Premier League announced their plans to suspend all fixtures until April 4th. For now, this only means Arsenal missing the games against Brighton and Sheffield United, as well as the previously suspended games against Manchester City and Southampton.

That may not be it though. Predictions suggest the coronavirus outbreak could peak in May or June, so it’s very possible we won’t see football return until after that – if they don’t cancel the season completely.

As a result, there are four Arsenal players who might not play again for the club.

Firstly, there are the three loanees: Dani Ceballos, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

Ceballos is likely to return to Real Madrid this summer, ending his Arsenal spell. Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares both have options to make their deals permanent, but it’s a mystery whether the Gunners will activate them, at this stage.

The situation is particularly bizarre with Soares. Whilst Mari has played a couple of games to prove his worth, Soares is yet to take to the pitch in Arsenal colours. How do the club judge whether he’s worth a long-term deal now?

The final player is Matt Macey. According to Transfermarkt, he’s the only permanent Arsenal player with a deal expiring this summer. Realistically, Macey was waiting for an injury to get him a chance anyway. He’s only played for the u23s this season, last appearing for the senior side in November 2017.

By early April we should know more about the plans for the season.