The summer transfer window may seem a long way off right now but before we know it, this season will be over and players will start leaving. Some will be out of contract, others like our captain will no doubt be in search of regular football.
Here’s who I think will be packing their bags and I’m not including those not in the first team squad.
Emiliano Viviano – Going Loan expired.
Lukasz Fabianski – Going OOC.
Bacary Sagna – Likely to go – OOC.
Thomas Vermaelen – Likely to go as wants starting place.
Abou Diaby – Likely to go through fitness.
Kim Kallstrom – Going and not likely to ever start.
Lukas Podolski – Could go and has hinted at return to Koln.
Nicklas Bendtner – Going OOC
Ryo Miyaichi – Likely to be going
Lukasz Fabianski and Nicklas Bendtner are definitely departing and it’s looking more and more likely as the days go by that Bacary Sagna will be joining them in the departure lounge.
That of course means that Arsenal will need to sign three players even before they address out short fallings within the current squad.
I truly believe that Thomas Vermaelen will depart too as he’ll be in search of first team football on a regular basis. The same could be said of Lukas Podolski who isn’t always the first player off the bench these days let alone the starting eleven.
Nothing seems to have gone right for Ryo Miyaichi since he joined us with both injuries and unsuccessful loan spells playing their part. He’s in the first team squad and surely, at 21 years old and with us lacking a left sided winger, he’d be playing right now if Arsene Wenger believed he has what it takes…
The World Cup kicks off in Rio on the 12th June with the final on the 1st July, the day the transfer window officially opens but as we all know, many transfer deals will go through long before then.
What does Arsene Wenger do bearing in mind it’s looking very likely that he’ll have to have one of the most productive transfer windows he’s had in many years?
Sign his targets early and take the risk that any one of them could get injured, or wait until the World Cup is over and then make his move?
As I said earlier, the transfer window may seem a long way off right now but when we consider the amount of players we could actually lose, the club are surely already thinking about how to replace them and who with.
No doubt one or two will make a step up from the Academy but that still leaves us with quite a number of positions which will need filling with experienced quality players.
The three key areas for me are a goalkeeper, left sided winger, striker and finally a strong, hard tackling midfielder…..
If Sagna, Vermaelen and Podolski do decide to up sticks, that list will seriously increase….
Arsene Wenger once said that he doesn’t like signing too many players during any one transfer window as that can cause problems.
I don’t think he has any choice but to do just that in the summer…
Finally, Joel Campbell is on show tonight as his Olympiakos side take on Manchester United and despite there being stories about his loan deal being made permanent, it looks like he is only thinking of playing for us next season:
As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season.
I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there.
Let’s see if he can score a few goals against an average Manchester side, if he can, maybe he’s worth keeping…..
That’s your lot for another day….