As many as six first team players could be on their way out of the club this summer, which could open up spaces for the boss to bring in a couple of players in the summer. Players like Sagna and Fabianski are unlikely to renew their contracts, while others like Vermaelen, Monreal, Podoski, and Jenkinson may have to look elsewhere for regular team football.
Bacary Sagna seems set to leave the club this summer after turning down an opportunity to renew his contract. The player is being linked with some English Premier League teams like Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Sagna could be playing in the traditional red and white colours of the Gunners for the last time this Saturday. If he leaves, it will bring to an end a relationship that starts in 2007 and is likely to be replaced by Serge Aurier – another player from the French league with African roots.
Another player whose contract expires at the end of the season is Lukasz Fabianski. His decision not to renew is hinged on his inability to tie down regular team football. He won’t be short on suitors once his contract expires at the end of this season. Like Sagna, he could be bidding the fans farewell this Saturday. Personally I hope Fabianski stays as he has shown to be a worthy deputy to Szczensy. Keeping him by offering him a new contract will be better than letting him go. A bit of assurance on his chances with the team may just do the trick.
No player worth his onion never likes being left on the bench, and that is exactly why Vermaelen might be leaving the Emirates this summer. The Belgian international has seen his contributions in the team restricted to a bench role due to Wenger’s preference for Mertesacker and Koscielny combination. The fact that his lack of first team chances with Arsenal will affect his chances with the national team further add to the number of reasons that may seem him move away from the Emirates.
Like Vermaelen, Monreal is one player likely to leave in search of regular team football. Before signing for Arsenal two seasons ago, Monreal was a member of the Spanish national team; but that seems to have vanished into thin air as he wasn’t even considered for a place in his country’s team to the World Cup which is due largely to his lack of regular playing time with Arsenal in the just concluded premier league season.
Another player who might leave this summer in search for regular team football is Lukas Podoski. Podoski hardly plays 90 minutes football for Arsenal, and this has made him voice out his discontentment on a couple of occasions. Personally I will not be bothered if Podolski leaves. Our style of play requires wingers to track back and help the full backs unfortunately Podolski isn’t the type of player that is willing to track back hence he should be sold. We are sure to make some profit on his sale, that money can be spent on someone else – Griezmann anyone?
Jenkinson scored his first Arsenal goal last Sunday against Norwich City, but could be set to go out on loan to continue his progress in any of the EPL teams.