We all know that Arsenal will have to sell to buy this summer and with Mikel Arteta needing new players to continue his ‘process’ who could he ship out this summer?
This summer looks set to be another of major change at Arsenal with Mikel Arteta given another chance to shape this squad into one of his own.
While there will no doubt be a couple of new faces arriving at Arsenal, the majority of the traffic seems like it will be heading one way – out.
So who is likely to leave this summer? Here are a few of the possibilities:
When Matteo Guendouzi was signed in 2018 by Unai Emery, he was billed as ‘one for the future’ but thrown straight into the first team. He impressed immediately and while issues with his attitude have caused him problems with Mikel Arteta, it’s hard not to think this could be a move that Arsenal will regret.
There has been no talk either way but the fact that we haven’t heard anything about integrating him next season or that even being mooted as a possibility leads me to believe he will be sold if a buyer can be found.
The centreback is out of contract this summer and while Arsenal won’t get any money for him, they would be able to remove his £120kpw wages from the books. There had been talk that Arsenal wanted to offer him another one-year deal with more responsibility behind the scenes and less on the pitch but the latest rumours claim he will be allowed to leave when the season ends.
Runar Alex Runarsson
A signing recommended by Inaki Pavon, Runarsson looks like a keeper who should not be anywhere near a Premier League side. Valued at £1.6m after Arsenal paid £1.8m, it would be best all-around if we just let him leave this summer. Even if we can’t get a fee, there seems little point in continuing to pay his £40kpw wages when he isn’t even deemed good enough to get into the Europa League squad ahead of James Hillson. Runarsson also hasn’t been in a Premier League squad since 6 February.
Hector wanted to leave Arsenal last summer and it seems as if Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay once more season. I love Hector and will be incredibly sad to see him leave this summer but it looks like that is what will happen. If we’re honest, he hasn’t been the same player since his knee injury but will have no shortage of suitors. He should also command a decent transfer fee of around £20m and his wages currently cost the club £110kpw.
Arsenal can’t sell Dani Ceballos as they don’t own him but they can stop paying his not-inconsequential wages. Just like last season, Ceballos has started to come into form now the weather is a bit warmer but there is no denying that he has failed to impress more often than not for most of his two years at the club. As it stands, Arsenal seem as happy to let him return to Real Madrid as they would be playing at online casinos with 50 free spins no deposit to maximise their chances of winning.
Torreira has made it clear he wants to leave Europe to return home to South America. Given his value and wages (£75kpw) he looks to be beyond Boca Juniors, which is his first choice, but desire is a powerful motivating factor and he might just find a way.
Other players who could leave Arsenal this summer
- Eddie Nketiah
- Reiss Nelson
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles
- Konstaninos Mavropanos
- Joe Willock